RUGA: Gov Umahi under fire over policy, freedom of speech

October 21st, 2019

By Ezeocha Nzeh

Ebonyi state Governor, Dave Umahi, has come under serious criticism by democracy activists over his alleged decision to embrace the RUGA policy of the federal government

An Ebonyi stakeholders group, Organization of Ebonyi State Indegenes in Diaspora (OESID) at the weekend, condemned the decision of Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state to allow the establishment of the RUGA settlement in the state, in a statement, accused the governor of plans to mortgage the future of young ones in the state for personal gain after leaving office as governor.

In a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday, through its spokesperson, Paschal Oluchukwu, the Organisation of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (OESID), noted that the people of Ebonyi state will be all out to reject the Governors plan to introduce RUGA in the state, warning that should be ready for some “unpalatable backlash from the people,” if he decides to go ahead with his plans

The group said: “Enough is enough. We, the peace loving people of Ebonyi State, will not allow Governor Umahi to mortgage our future in his blind support of the federal government abhorrent agenda, while pursuing his personal ambition after his tenure ends in 2023.

“Ebonyi state cannot accept such dictatorial posturing from a man that was only given a limited time and a democratic mandate to lead (not to rule).”

The OESID spokesperson argued that the decision to house what he described as outlandish program cannot be taken by the Governor, without recourse to the people of the state, where the real sovereignty resides.”

He urged the governor to appreciate the true essence of democracy and allow the Ebonyi people to express themselves freely as required a true democracy.

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