The Ebonyi State Government has not relented on its demand to have Anambra State rescind its decision to rename Abakaliki street in Awka. What appeared to be a misquote by pressmen on the utterance of a spokesperson in the state government of Ebonyi is now threatening to morph into a not only a press war but also a tit for tat affair between two states that share the same language, customs and people. Already, Ebonyi is threatening, in a retaliatory measure, to rename public institutions and streets named after indigenes of Anambra State. A move that would no doubt dent the image and perceived solidarity between not just the two sister ststes but the entire South East of Nigeria.
The Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Don Adinuba, has said that the Ebonyi State House of Assembly has no jurisdiction to give ultimatum to another state of equal power.
Adinuba was reacting to the seven day-ultimatum issued to the Anambra State Government to rescind her decision over the renaming of Abakaliki Street in Awka, the state capital or have all the Ebonyi institutions, streets and monuments named after Anambra indigenes scrapped.
The Anambra Information Commissioner said the House was acting without facts.
He told Newtelegraph newspaper: “Anambra State does not intend to enter into a press war with any of her sister states. It is not necessary.
“However, the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano removed the name of Ebonyi from a place that are inhabited by all manner of people like commercial sex workers and people doing menial jobs. The former Abakiliki Street was a dungeon, a slum with shanties and illegal structures.
“The governor moved the street to a more decent and strategic, longer street, that stretches from the Parktonia Hotels located along the Enugu – Onitsha Expressway and linked the old Abakiliki Street now Club Street.”