Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State yesterday insisted that Almajirai should go back to their states as Ebonyi will not give them access to the state.
Umahi, who stated this immediately after the State Security Council meeting at the new Government House, Abakaliki, explained that “We will not be afraid to say there were no almajirai in Ebonyi State before now. I commend the northern governors for saying go to your state of origin.
“So, why will the youths that want us to fight take to the social media to start saying almajirai are coming to the southeast and they should be allowed. Is it part of the social distancing? We will not allow that in Ebonyi State.
“Ebonyi will not allow almajirai to come. They should go to their states. This is very important. We have to as a people begin to tell ourselves the truth. I have directed the Chief Security Officer to meet with security people. Please, I don’t want to see any cow within the premises of the centenary city. It is an insult.
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“How can we be struggling with cows to come into Government House? Please, I don’t want to see any cow even in the international market and the mall. I don’t want to take it again.
“So, the security people should meet with the people rearing cows, whether Igbo or Hausa cows, because I also see some Igbo cows, but I don’t want to see them again. Any that we see, the Commissioner for Justice should move to court and get order to auction it.
“Those preaching poverty about Ebonyi does not love you. We are doing everything possible to secure the state against poverty and we will never be distracted. This is very important. We have generally pardoned COVID-19 law offenders but anyone caught since that day must be prosecuted.”