Leaders of the Igbo living in the nineteen Northern states vowed on Tuesday to ignore the October 1 quit notice given to Igbos by Northern youth.
President-General of Igbo traditional rulers in the northern states and Abuja, Chikezie Nwogwu, stated this during a courtesy call on Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai.
According to Vanguard, Nwogwu said the Igbo would not leave the North because they have contributed immensely to the development of the region.
“We are not in support of division. We are saying that things should be done right,” Nwogwu said.
Governor El-Rufai said the state has no room for hate speeches and will ensure that those who perpetrated such acts would be arrested and detained, no matter how long it takes.
“Nobody can come to Kaduna State and say this nonsense. It is hate speech that kills. We are trying people for that. We have a duty to arrest them and put them before a judge.
“We will tell them that they cannot do that in Kaduna. We will go after them. They have gone underground. There may be reluctance on the part of some people to arrest them but we will arrest them,” he said.
“Breaking up into small enclaves is not a solution. It is short-sighted and only illiterates behave like that. We all need Nigeria, it is from Nigeria that we can be better. Our federation is not a true federation but the solution is not to break into small enclaves,” he said.
“We will do whatever we will do to protect everybody in Kaduna State. We are watching every body. Every Nigerian in Kaduna State is safe.
“We will do whatever we can to protect you. Relax, continue your normal lives, nothing will happen,” he said.
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