Gov. David Umahi says indigenes of a state will develop its land alone without others and communities’ contributions.
Umahi made the assertion during the End of Year party of Ebonyi Urban Community Forum on Tuesday in Abakaliki.
Umahi, whohad changed the socio-economic narratives of some persons in the state, dismissed a misconception that urban community forum were only meant for non-indigenes.
Umahi commended members of the group in the state for their contributions and unity, saying that everyone living in the capital city of Ebonyi was an urban dweller.
“Everybody living in the urban is automatically a member of the forum but needs to attend and be committed.
“There is nothing like indigene and non-indigene in Ebonyi. That misconception must stop, we are one people.
“And anywhere you are paying your tax, you are part of the place,” Umahi said.
He frowned at the rate of discrimination among the people of the southeastern part of the country, noting that they could only talk about marginalisation and neglect when there was show of love to one another.
He said that the beginning of development in a society determined how they love one another deeply and showing respect to enhance development in their areas.
The President of the Urban Community Forum, Bishop Anayor Illo, while applauding the good governance by the governor, noted that it was first of it kind.
Illo said that the event was to show appreciation to governor Umahi for his commitment to the forum.
He said that the group pledged their support for the governor ahead of 2019 general elections.
The cleric noted that the forum had existed since 1975, adding that its objective was to bring indigenes and non-indigenes together.
He said that it was for them to contribute to the development of the state and maintain good relationships in all the past and present governments.
“The urban forum of different communities such as the Hausa, Igbo and Benue among other communities are law abiding citizens,” he said.
The News of Nigeria reports that the event also featured endorsement of the governor for a second tenure by the forum and presentation of Bible as symbol for his success ahead of the 2019 general elections.
NAN also reports that different communities, groups and top government officials were in attendance.