Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) lacks capacity to bar President Muhammadu Buhari from visiting any state in the Southeast, Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi said yesterday.
He was reacting to a statement credited to IPOB’s spokesman, Emma Powerful last week, wherein the group warned the President to shelve his planned visit to Ebonyi State.
The governor expressed his dissatisfaction with the group’s stance while speaking at a special end-of-the-ear thanksgiving service of the state at the new Government House Chapel, Centenary City, Ebonyi State.
Reports had claimed President Muhammadu Buhari would visit Ebonyi State in November to inaugurate some projects but the governor confirmed that he and the President agreed to shelve the meeting till next year.
He said: “I saw where one misguided element that calls himself IPOB, said Mr. President is not welcomed in Ebonyi. He is inconsequential.
“I was in Paris and I told Mr. President that the leaders of Southeast would want to visit him over the issue of peace in the region and appealed to him to postpone the visit till early next year.
“But I didn’t want to tell our people, because I was urging them to keep pushing our projects as if the President was going to come this year. And I’m not sure up to three or four people knew this; so, I kept it to myself.