- Igbos living in Northern Nigeria say they have made tremendous contribution to the region
- Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state promises to ensure the arrest of the northern youths who gave the quit notice to the Igbos
- Acting President Yemi Osinbajo urges Northern traditional rulers to always speak up against hate speeches and divisive voices in their respective domains
Igbo people living in the Northern parts of the country have said they would stay put in Northern Nigeria despite the 90 day ultimatum given to them to quit the region by a coalition of northern youths.
Their stance was made known by the president-general of Igbo traditional rulers in the northern states and Abuja, Chief Chikezie Nwogwu, during a courtesy call on Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai on Tuesday, June 20, Vanguard reports.
Chief Chikezie Nwogu, told the governor that the Igbos were not going anywhere but would remain in the north, adding that Igbos have made tremendous contribution to the region.
"We are not in support of division. We are saying that things should be done right,” he said.
NAIJ.com learnt that the Igbo leader however, called on the government to address some of the underlying factors that have led to the agitations in different parts of the country.
“We want the government to tackle the root cause of agitations and subsequent quit notice by Northern youths and find solution. We are not happy with the call for division. We want Nigeria as one so that all of us can benefit. Northern youths have been our brothers,” he said.
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Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has promised to ensure the arrest of the northern youths who gave the quit notice under a coalition of groups.
The governor said the northern youths would be arrested no matter how long it took.
In a related development, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday met with Northern traditional rulers and charged them to always speak up against hate speeches and divisive voices in their respective domains.
In his opening remarks at the meeting held at the old Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja, Osinbajo said the meeting had become imperative in view of a spate of divisive statements in recent weeks, pitching the South-East against the North.
He maintained that the divisive rhetoric and agitations were unjustifiable, unacceptable and often times illegal.
In the video below, acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, at the #Biafra50 event in Abuja Nigerians are greater together than apart.