Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi declared his belief in a united Nigeria on Saturday and condemned calls for secession by some groups in the country.
Umahi said this in Abakaliki during the conclusion of the 8-day prayer and fasting session organized by the Nigerian Christian Association (CAN), Ebonyi Chapter, on the security situation in the state.
The governor said he believes in a country where unity, freedom, fairness, justice, equity among other virtues prevail.
“I don’t believe in second-class citizenship where one part of the country is considered superior to others.
“We were all created by God and no one should talk about disintegrating the country,” he said.
He admitted that most of the agitations by the secessionist groups were genuine, noting that they could nevertheless be addressed.
“I want the Igbos to present these agitations and I would bring the governors and leaders of the area to the center to address these complaints.
“The groups can then do whatever they want if after six months we don’t address these complaints,” he said.
Umahi urged people to avoid bitterness, anger, violence, among other vices, to avoid bringing war and destruction to earth.
“We would tell the Abuja authorities that our people are aggrieved, but that cannot be addressed by insulting the president, governors and leaders of other regions of the country,” he said.
The governor thanked CAN for nurturing the spiritual life of the state and urged it to involve all aggrieved groups in the 13 local government areas of the state to prevent violence.
The Rev. Fr. Abraham Nwali, CAN State President, urged the people of Ebonyi and Nigerians to appreciate God’s mercy on them and to repent of their evil ways.
“There has been no destruction or armed robbery in the state since this fasting and prayer session began, as this shows God’s divine mercy on the state.
“No country would experience the current situation in Nigeria and remain one, but citizens are meeting the inherent challenges with courage,” he said.