A foremost socio-cultural group, the Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora have lambasted the State Governor, David Umahi, for praying for a leader with the kind of heart of the President, Muhammadu Buhari come 2023.
The group said it is only insane person that will pray for another Buhari in a state where most of the people are living below the poverty line.
They said it was a pity that the governor who is presiding over a dilapidated state was praying God to give Nigeria another person like Buhari as his successor in 2023.
The group’s president, Paschal Oluchukwu, who stated this in an interview with reporters, in Abuja, and accused the governor of hypocrisy.
This was in response to Umahi who address State House Correspondents shortly after a visit to the President at the Presidential villa.
Oluchukwu noted, “It was not surprising to us and the rest of reasonable Ebonyians that the said comments and wish attracted the kinds of umbrage of negative reactions from various segments of the Nigerian public who have worn the Buhari shoe in the last six years and therefore know where it truly pinches them.
“Any wonder how many have attributed the sad comments as one coming from a leader seeking political survival.
“First is that we may even wish to clarify that Umahi is rather seeking for political protection from the centre having lost touch with realities and his people.
“The welter of reactions and condemnations that has so far greeted Umahi’s weird desire for another President like Buhari- a man under whose watch Ndigbo have been reduced to second class citizens and Nigerians no longer feel safe to carry out their legitimate business because of insecurity.
“We can’t pray for a repeat of insecurity, nepotism and economic chaos. We want our children to be able to attend school without fear of being kidnapped, we want to be able to travel from Lagos to Maiduguri by road without fear.”