Opposition parties and persons who do not like a leader in Nigeria tilt to insult even when they think they are criticising the individual.

Ahead of the 2015 general elections the word 'clueless' was used severally to describe a former president.

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi may have noticed this trend again in Nigeria's polity and he is advising politicians in the opposition not to insult those in government.

Umahi spoke at a gala-night to celebrate 21 years of the creation of Ebonyi and the 57th Independence anniversary of Nigeria in Abakaliki.

The first person he wants others to refrain from insulting is the President.

“I always tell my people (PDP) that opposition at the centre is not about insults; I also advise the opposition in our state to tow the same line.

“Opposition is about constructive criticism, putting the leader in check and reminding him that he has not fulfilled the promises he made.

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“It should not involve lying to the people, deceiving them and practising politics with bitterness and anger.

“I will ask our grandfathers who are tackling us to do so with wisdom and love because it is a shame that a grandfather would tackle his children,” he said, also referring to some members of the APC in Ebonyi State.

On chances that the APC had in the state to take over governance, the Governor said the opposition would not succeed in the state because the state was neat and did not need to be ‘swept.

“We have been holding the umbrella for an old man who was under the umbrella for eight years and we will take him to the boundaries of Ebonyi to sweep.

“We are standing on God’s mandate and not shaking because over 10,000 people are praying for us day and night to succeed and take the state to another level, “ he stressed.


Umahi commended the president for agreeing that the country needs to be restructured and noted that such stance has established a platform for Nigerians to discuss their agitations.

“We will now talk, disagree, agree and arrive at decisions that will take the nation to greater heights and achieve the desired unity and development,” he added.