Igbo Quit Notice; Kano State Governor Reassured Support For National Unity
Kano state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Saturday reiterated that neither the Igbos nor other ethnic nationality resident in Kano will leave the state as a result of the recent quit notice order by Arewa Youths.
The Governor who stated this during a meeting with the Igbo Delegates Assembly (IDA) and Igbo Traditional rulers in the 19 northern states, led by IDA President- General, Chief Chi Nwogu, at the Government House in Kano.
Ganduje added that as leaders in Northern part of the country, all governors in the region are rigidly against ethnic prejudice, as promoted by certain group of youth. He declared specifically that Igbos in the region will stay forever.
According to him, “even if you want to go on your own, we will not allow you to leave. There is a difference between I will not go and there is no where I can go. You don’t have anywhere to go, this place is your home.”
According to him, foreigners are residing comfortably in Kano and other parts of Northern Nigeria and are engaged in legitimate ventures, adding that there is no basis to threaten other Nigerians, who collectively fought for the nation’s independence.
“Those advocating ethnic agitation from the East are not speaking for all Igbos. Those of us, who as youth witnessed the Civil war, will never advocate secession,” he stated.
Governor Ganduje added that the Northern youth who are behindthe issue of igbo quit notice have also been called to order by elders, civic and political leaders, including governors and the Sultan of Sokoto, because all well-meaning people believe in one Nigeria.
“When you have youths who have no elders, they are similar to riding a horse without a bridle. It can behave anyhow and anything can happening. This is what is happening,” he maintained.
He, therefore, described the meeting reconciliatory between the IDA leadership and Coalition of Northern youths as timely, asserting that all ethnic groups in the country have advantages which if collectively harnessed would make the country greater.
“What is happening in Sudan is a lesson for all of us. The breakup of that country has not taken them anywhere. We cannot afford to make that class of mistake,” he said.
In his remarks, the President- General, Igbo Delegates Assembly, Chief Chi Nwogu, said there were in Kano to meet the Coalition of Northern Youth Groups, in respect of the quit notice issued Igbos in the North by the youths.
“Both of us have agreed to set up a committee to sort out things and ensure that there is peace”, he stressed.
Meanwhile, Governor Ganduje also met with members of the Coalition of Northern Youth Groups, where he expressed happiness that they have listened to the voices of elders and accepted to stride the path of peace.