Hardship: Southeast has no reason to protest, says Umahi


Minister for Works Engr. David Umahi Sunday said that the people of the Southeast has no reason to join the protest against President Bola Tinubu’s government.

Many state including the Northern and Southern areas of the country have been protesting hardship and insecurity in the country.

But Umahi who spoke to journalists in his home at Uburu, Ohaozara local government of Ebonyi state, noted that the government of President Tinubu has solved the major problems in southeast.

He stated that the problem of insecurity in the zone has been tackled, except the gunmen issues which according to him is almost a thing of the past.

The Minister also noted that insecurity in the North and the country at large has reduced.

“The present hunger that everybody is talking about, didn’t start today. It’s a built up to a number of factors.

“Before the past administration and present administration, we have been having a build up of insecurity, we had farmers/herders clashes over a number of years at a long period of time.

“At a time, I was the Chairman of NEC committee on resolving farmers/herders clashes. So, I went through a number of states especially the Northern States settling the farmers/herders clashes and it yielded a number of fruits.

“That problem dealt a lot of blown to food production. The issue of kidnapping, the issue of insecurity, prevented farmers from going to their farms because here, we are talking about hunger.

“And so, you expect the administration of President Tinubu to fix all those things within nine months, it’s not possible. So, it’s a cumulative effect of the past like I have mentioned. We should be asking ourselves, how do we solve these problems and that’s what the President has started doing. When something has gotten to climax, you don’t expect to dissolve it over night.

“If you check very well especially in South East, you will know that we no longer have incessant farmers/herders clashes. So, why should we join the protest when the President has solved our major problem? The problem now we have in south east is self-inflicted and that is the issue of unknown but known gunmen.

“So, if we are protesting, are we protesting against who? We are protesting against a President that has solved herders/farmers clashes. If you remove the issue of unknown gunmen, South East will be completely safe and farmers can work. So, we can’t go and join anybody to protest

“The truth remains that, all over the country you can see insecurity is coming down. As insecurity would be coming down we can at least go to farm and feed ourselves and the issue of hunger will go away” he said.