IPOB has no power; i will inform them anytime i intend to travel abroad – Governor Umahi

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State

The Chairman of the South-East Governor Forum, Governor David Umahi, on Thursday said that the governors in the region do not owe the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) any apology.

He berated IPOB over its decision to attack any Igbo leader in the South-East anytime they travel abroad. Following the attack on Ex-Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu in Germany, IPOB had revealed that it had ordered its members in over 100 countries in the world to attack any Igbo leader found abroad.

Umahi noted that he would personally inform IPOB anytime he planned to travel out of Nigeria.

“IPOB have no powers to place a travel ban on governors or anyone. I will even tell IPOB anytime I intend to travel,” he said.

He stated this following his closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Speaking about the ban on herdsmen in the region, Governor Umahi said the decision was to contain the killings in the zone.

“These people are not the traditional herdsmen that we know, who have lived with our people for so many decades,” he said

“These ones don’t even speak Hausa or Fulani languages; they are foreigners,” he added.

The governor also spoke about the worries over the rehabilitation of the runway of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu.

According to the governors, instead of regular budgeting which could delay the project, emergency funding was preferred.

He noted that the zone was worried about the timeline for the completion of the project, especially since the Christmas season is already around the corner.

“During the repairs of the Abuja Airport runway, emergency funding was provided for the project.

“We are seeking a similar intervention for the Enugu Airport to be made available to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, for the project.”

He further thanked Buhari for shutting the airport following their complain, saying that the prompt decision saved a lot of lives.

“I am happy about it; the lives of many people have been saved. The airport was in a very deplorable state,” he said.

While the Enugu airport repair is ongoing, the governor urged Buhari to carryout urgent repair of the roads leading to the Owerri Airport, Imo State. He noted that the Imo Airport would serve in the absence of the Enugu Airport.

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