Abuja – The Ohaozara General Assembly has kicked against the inclusion of Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi in the proposed Etiti State as recommended by the National Conference.
This is contained in a communiqué signed by Chief Dave Umahi, the Ebonyi Deputy Governor and 28 others and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday.
The communiqué said Ohaozara people were at home in Ebonyi.
The conference had recommended the creation of 18 states, including Etiti State from the South-East.
The local government areas that will be included in the new state are to be drawn from Ebonyi, Abia, Enugu, Anambra and Imo states.
However, the Ohaozara General Assembly, after their meeting at Obiozara, said that Ohaozara Local Government Area did not take a decision to be part of the proposed state.
Chief Enekwachi Akpa, Chairman, Ohaozara Local Government Council of Ebonyi, who read the communiqué to journalists on Thursday in Abuja, said Ohaozara people were comfortable in Ebonyi.
“We are at home in Ebonyi because culturally, politically and economically, Ohaozara people are in affinity with their kith and kin of Abakaliki and Afikpo extractions.
“We have nothing in common with the bulk of people in the said proposed Etiti State,’’ the communiqué stated.
It stated that the people were not opposed to creation of additional states in the South-East, adding that Ohaozara people had moved from Imo to Abia and finally to Ebonyi.
“The Ohaozara people are at home in Ebonyi, we do not wish to be dragged into any other entity where we may become strangers,’’ it said.
Other prominent indigenes of the area that signed the communiqué, include Dr Igwe Aja-Nwachukwu, a former Minister of Education and Dr Ben Igwenyi, incumbent Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Ebonyi.
The lawmakers representing the area in Ebonyi House of Assembly also signed the communiqué. (NAN)