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Rice Video: You’re Embarrassing Ebonyians, Group Tells Umahi




A group identified as Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in Diaspora (AESID) has expressed dismay over a viral video of bags of rice alleged to have been mistakenly sent to Human Rights Radio, Abuja by the Ebonyi State.

According to the claim, the rice was meant to be a Christmas gift.

In the video, a yet-to-be-identified driver who reportedly conveyed the rice from Abakaliki to Abuja where it was meant to be delivered to a serving federal director was seen lamenting that his payment for the delivery was stalled because he delivered the rice to the wrong address.

Reacting to the development through a statement released on Monday, December 28 by its president, Ambassador Pascal Oluchukwu, the AESID said it is troubled by the viral video.

The governance and accountability group described the incident as: “Uncommon but shameful Father Christmas behaviour of Ebonyi State Governor, Engr. David Umahi and his aides.’’

Part of the statement read: “We also recall that the same Governor Umahi promised civil servants N10, 000 each as their Christmas bonus- a pledge, we reliably gathered is yet to be redeemed as at the time of making this press release.

“We condemn this shameful looting and wastage of Ebonyi’s scarce resources by a man who claims to be a father but has preferred to focus his attention on mere frivolities while using multiple decorative flyovers to deceive some gullible Nigerians.’’

The AESID had earlier asked President Buhari and the leadership of the APC to call Governor Umahi to order so as to avoid crisis in Ebonyi state. The group alleged that since the governor’s defection to the APC, he has embarked on accusations, threats, harassments, and intimidation against some elders and leaders in Ebonyi State.


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