Council Chair Berates Youth Group Over Comments On Umahi's Ministerial Slot

The Executive council chairman of Edda local government area of Ebonyi State has berated youth's organization "Umuekumenyi Equity Youth Front" for kicking against the appointment of the former governor, Sen. David Umahi as the Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Recall that Senator David Umahi was appointed by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and have been screened by the National Assembly.

We gathered that Ebonyi Youths organization "Umuekumenyi Equity Youth Front" had in a statement signed by its President and secretary general; Prince Nelson Igboke and Comrade Nwekeoyo Darlington, rejected Umahi's appointment as minister.

The Youths' organization who petitioned President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, demanded that the Ministerial appointment given to the former governor, Umahi, be withdrawn and giving to another prominent sons of Umuekumenyi, which comprises Ebonyi Central and North senatorial zones.

The Youths' organization discribed the Ministerial appointment given to Senator Umahi by President Tinubu as a threat to peace, Unity and justice in Ebonyi state, adding that it is the turn of Umuekumenyi to produce Minister and not from Ebonyi South, which according to them, have been holding the position for over twelve years.

But, the chairman of Edda LGA, Prince Ekuma Nkama Chima who spoke to newsmen in Abakaliki, while responding to the petition of the Youths' organization to President Tinubu, discribed them as jobless youths who wants to destabilize the relative peace, unity and progress existing between the three (3) senatorial zones of the state.

He said: "We don't want this few jobless youths, who are under something, because I strongly believe that Umuekumenyi can't oppose the former governor, Senator David Umahi's appointment as minister. 

"Few people who maybe, are the haters of Umahi has decided to come in the disguise of 'Umuekumenyi Equity Youth Front' with this kind of movement to oppose him (Umahi). I don't actually believe that they are from Umuekumenyi. Before now, we don't base appointments on whether you are from Ebonyi North, Central or South senatorial zone. The position we rotate is governorship position and not on Ministerial appointments" he stated.

The chairman, Chima however, applauded the cordial relationship existing between the state governor, Francis Nwifuru and Senator David Umahi, and warned that, people should desist from trying to cause breach of peace and unity in the state.

Chima further extolled governor Nwifuru, for relating cordially with the chairmen of the thirteen (13) local government areas, increasing salaries of civil servants and promoting peace and order in the various communities of the state, that are rocked by communal clashes.

He however, thanked the governor, Francis Nwifuru for given staff of office to four (4) traditional rulers and demonstrating readiness to construct 2 kilometer roads amd building of bungalows to all traditional rulers in the state.

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