- Governor of Ebonyi state, Chief David Umahi says proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra has saved over 12 million Igbo resident
- He said there were plans to get the Ebonyi House of Assembly to enact laws prohibiting hate speech in the state
- Umahi insisted that IPOB proscription was to avert bloodshed
The proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has saved over 12 million Igbo resident outside the southeast region.
The governor of Ebonyi state, Chief David Umahi, said there were plans to get the Ebonyi House of Assembly to enact laws prohibiting hate speech in the state.
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He said the move is targeted at stopping incessant usage of inciting comments capable of disintegrating the country.
At the 57th independence anniversary celebration and 21 years creation of Ebonyi state, at Abakaliki Township Stadium, on Sunday, he said: “There is no need to continue with hate speeches.
“There is no need to continue with violent agitations. We have to dialogue and do everything that will make sure we live in peace. We are stronger when we are together. There’s no need to insult the president.
“Very soon, we are going to approach the House of Assembly, for a bill on hate speeches and I am happy some states have done something on hate speeches.
“When we do this, you will prove any hate speech or allegation against anyone, whether you put it on the social media or you write it in a newspaper.
“We are going to make a law; when you are accusing anybody, a department will be created. They will look at it and you must prove your point and we are going to regulate hate speeches in Ebonyi state.
“Already, Kaduna state has done it. I told Governor Nasir el-Rufai, to export what he did in Kaduna to Ebonyi state.
“There is no need insulting other tribes. There’s no need insulting southern governors. The Operation Python Dance II was to ensure security in the zone,” Umahi said.
The governor also assured all residents of their optimum security, and insisted that IPOB proscription was to avert bloodshed and save the lives of about 12 million Igbo people living in other parts of the country.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) questioned the paternity of former Abia state governor, Orji Uzr Kalu.
The group in a statement by it's publicity secretary, Emma Powerful also threatened to drag former Orji Kalu alongside the Chief Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai to court over the disappearance of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
Watch this NAIJ.com video as Nnamdi Kanu's lawyer speaks: