The Governor of Ebonyi State and Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum, Dave Umahi, has said the forum would meet with youths of the region on Saturday.
Speaking on Channels TV, Umahi stated that leaders of the region were opposed to secessionist agitations in the part of the country.
While stating that leaders were ready to know the grievances of the youths, the governor claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari and his ministers might not be aware of all cases of marginalisation of the Igbo people.
Asked if the governors’ forum discussed the agitations for secession and call for a national dialogue and restructuring at a security meeting held recently.
Unahi said, “A section of South-East youths is saying that there is marginalisation, maltreatment of the people of the South-East and they want a country of theirs. Our position as leaders is to say, ‘who did you discuss that with? And that we are better in a united and fair Nigeria.
“So, we do not accept their position in terms of secession. But we can as leaders listen to them and that is what we are going to do on the 19th of this month.”
Asked to state categorically if he felt that the South-East was not marginalised, Umahi added, “It is not a straight-worded thing. There are issues which I explained to the wonderful honourable Minister of Defence.
He added, “My position is that there are certain things that happen in this country that even Mr President, even the ministers will not be aware of. When somebody from the South-East is due for promotion or a particular appointment is not appointed, how will Mr President know about it?”
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