BY PETER OKUTU
ABAKALIKI-GOVERNOR Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State, yesterday, described the alleged disengagement plot or sack of non-indigenes, especially its citizens by Abia State Government, as a move capable of disintegrating the unity of Ndigbo in the country and in the Diaspora.
Elechi noted that his government was yet to be communicated officially on such proposition, adding that he would at this stage consider it as mere rumour except proven otherwise in due course.
The governor, who spoke through the Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Mr. Chike Onwe, stated that the issue was still based on rumours, but explained that it would not only threaten the corporate existence of Ndigbo but also the well being of Nigerians, if implemented.
“So disengaging people from service on account of place of origin is backward thinking. But as I said, it is still on the plains of rumour and we don’t react to rumours but to substance.
“For now it is not true, until it is true the issue will not be addressed. I think the Ndigbo is a united people and we shall not allow anything to disintegrate this unity. But I think it will be unfortunate if such a thing happens. It has not happened, it is still on the plains of rumours and until it is made real we will not take any official stand or action.”
He stressed that the state government would not be part of any process that would cause disaffection among citizens because of issues bordering on indigenisation.
Elechi added that non-indigenes in his state were gainfully occupying sensitive positions, even among the state executive council members.
He said: “Since we are talking about true federalism, we cannot achieve such by being sectional or calling some indigenes and some others non-indigenes. So for us to achieve true federalism, we must get people to feel at home wherever they are.”