More professionals, elders and groups have faulted Ebonyi State Government’s threat to banish former Commissioner of Information, Abia Onyike if he fails to apologise publicily to Governor Dave Umahi for criticising the State Government within 24 hours.
The threat was announced in Ebonyi Broadcasting Service (EBBC) last Sunday.
The government alleged that Onyike had on June 9, during a panel discussion on Leadership and Democracy in the South East at Dream FM, Enugu criticised the governor and the state government.
A group, the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) expressed disgust over the threat against Onyike both in EBBC and in a full page advertorial signed by some government officials and a few other citizens from Edda (Afikpo South LGA),” and urged the state government to take it easy with Onyike.
The Foundation recalled that in February 2020, Umahi ordered the arrest and detention of the same Onyike by the Nigerian Police, adding that there was a prior threat to seal his residence because he had allegedly not paid his tenement rate.
Onyike is also accused of accusing Governor Umahi of nepotism; of converting the Government of Ebonyi State to his private and family estate; destruction of the civil service; punitive taxation policies and misappropriation of local government funds.