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  • Updated: March 04, 2024

David Umahi reveals why Igbos will not protest against Tinubu

David Umahi reveals why Igbos will not protest against Tinub

David Umahi, the Minister of Works, has explained why the Southeast will not oppose President Bola Tinubu's administration despite the country's economic suffering.

Umahi stated that Tinubu had ended the region's ongoing farmer-herder conflict.

He made the statement while speaking to reporters in his hometown of Uburu, Ohaozara Local Government Area in Ebonyi State.

According to him, the battles exacerbated insecurity in the area and hampered food production, resulting in famine on the land.

The Minister maintained that the high cost of living was a result of previous administrations' actions and inaction. He did, however, emphasise that the President had begun to resolve the matter.

Umahi said that Tinubu's administration has substantially benefited the Southeast with crucial appointments, including himself, the region's first Minister of Works.

He disclosed that the administration has undertaken numerous projects in the region and that with all of this, the Southeast has no moral basis to join those protesting against the President over the high cost of living in the country.

Umahi encouraged residents of the region not to be enticed by any group or other region to join any protest against the President.

“The present hunger that everybody is talking about didn’t start today. It’s a build-up to a number of factors. Before the past administration and present administration, we had been having a build-up of insecurity. We had farmers/herders clashes over a number of years.

“At a time, I was the Chairman of the NEC committee on resolving farmers/herders clashes. So, I went through a number of states, especially the northern states, settling the farmers/herders clashes, and it yielded a number of fruits.

“That problem dealt a huge blow to food production. The issue of kidnapping and the issue of insecurity prevented farmers from going to their farms because here we are talking about hunger.

“And so, you expect the administration of President Tinubu to fix all those things within nine months? It’s not possible. It’s a cumulative effect of the past, like I have mentioned. We should be asking ourselves: how do we solve these problems? That’s what the President has started doing. When something has got to the climax, you don’t expect to resolve it overnight.

“If you check very well, especially in the Southeast, you will know that we no longer have incessant farmers/herders clashes. So, why should we join the protest when the President has solved our major problem? The problem we now have in the Southeast is self-inflicted. That is the issue of unknown but known gunmen.

“So, if we are protesting, who are we protesting against? We are protesting against a President who has solved herders/farmers clashes. If you remove the issue of unknown gunmen, the Southeast will be completely safe and farmers can work. So, we can’t go and join anybody to protest.” 

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