THE President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo, has in Kano assured northerners resident in the South East of their safety. The reassurance came a few days after five northern governors visited Imo and Abia states on a similar mission.
Nwodo, in Kano State, Thursday, on a visit to the Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, said that “every Nigerian can live in any part of the country of his choice and no harm will ever come to a Northerner in the East.
“When the temperature is high we tend to forget what binds us together and we forget the sweet past.
“If there was any disturbance in Kano where we have 1.6 million Igbo, the entire Igboland would have been in mourning by now.”
He commended the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, and Kano State government for promoting peace and brotherhood among the people.
According to him, his visit was to deliver a message from all Ndigbo and leaders in the zone.
Nigeria he said should not experience war a second time as it will not augur well for the country.
“We must remain partners in progress of our country as we have seen how our own fathers lived to make it grow and develop,” he said.
Noting that unity and peaceful co-existence is the responsibility of all, Nwodo urged members of the group to remain law abiding, peaceful and respect the laws of Kano in particular and the country in general.
The state Acting Governor, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar said that people of Kano accepted the Igbo as their brothers and called on them to continue to live in peace with one another for the socio-economic development of the country
Abubakar then called “on Nigerians to always find an amicable and civilised way of settling disputes.
“Our diversity is a blessing and as a government, we are in constant dialogue with critical stakeholders in the state to promote peace and harmony.”