South-East Governors have vowed that the region would not go back to slavery by being part of Biafra agitation.
The Governors of the South-East region have called for the integration of the zone in the affairs of the country, vowing that they do not belong to Biafra, but Nigeria.
Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, who is the Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum, made the call on Friday during a prayer summit organized by the state government at Ecumenical centre, Abakaliki.
Umahi asked all political parties in the country to pick their 2023 presidential candidates from the zone, adding that Nigeria must treat South-East fairly and in equitable order.
According to him, the region has sacrificed a lot and must be allowed to produce the next President of the country whether zoning or not zoning.
He said, “We will continue to say as a father of the statement that we will not belong to Biafra, we will not.
“We will not go back to second slavery, we will not. We want to belong to Nigeria, we want to belong to fair play and equitable Nigeria.
“And let me state very clear, zoning or no zoning party or no party, south east must not be schemed out of the affairs of this nation, it must not be schemed out.
“What is good for other states, is good for south east, it doesn’t matter whom God enthrones. Let south east be properly intergrated in the affairs of this nation. We are nation builders, we should not be filt.
“We have investments in every part of this country and people use hate speeches to keep us down, people should not be afraid of us.
“We will work with the people for love and unity of this country. Give us a chance, treat us fairly for we have sacrificed. Even the states that are asking for VAT to collect, we have contributed alot in building those states”
This comes barely 24 hours after Governor David Umahi said that the marginalization and slavery of Ebonyi people by other Igbos is the reason why they will never be part of Biafra.