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South-East govs will join youths if FG doesn’t address agitation in six months – Umahi


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Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State called on South-East youths to give the Federal Government at least six months to address their concerns of regional marginalisation.

Speaking during a Presidential Ministerial briefing organised by the Presidential Communications Team at the presidential villa, Abuja on Thursday, Umahi noted that Governors in the region would join their protest if the issues aren’t addressed in time.

Umahi called for the application of wisdom in addressing marginalisation and exclusion from the affairs of the nation, according to The PUNCH.

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The governor said, “I have done stakeholders’ meetings in the 13 Local Government Areas; I have done seven-day prayers.

“I have deployed the widows to fast and pray; I have deployed the elders’ council to go round and talk to our people. I have deployed founding fathers to go and talk.

“All these talks are getting results. Some of the bad boys are pulling out and surrendering to us and they are giving us information.

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“But my position is that these people are our children. It does not please me. I’m trying to let them know that what they are agitating for can be solved through dialogue. We are calling on our youths to submit their demands to us. We will come to the centre and submit them.

“If in the next six months, we have not substantially addressed them, we can join you in the agitation. But right now, we won’t support you to insult the President, leaders of the South-East and other leaders. That is not agitation; that is foolishness. Agitation is agitation.”

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The governor added, “You can see how this has multiplied. But the point remains that from the onset of matter, the past governments did not address the matter properly because when your children cry for any reason, you have to find out what the problem is, what the reasons are and then fix it.”