Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir, has assured the Igbos and other Nigerians residing in the state of safety, stating that he said he would give his blood to ensure peace.
The emir, while addressing leaders of Igbo community and other Nigerians residing in the state on Friday, said that Nigeria will continue to remain one in spite of its multi-ethnic diversity and recent calls for breakup.
“I am responding to the quit notice given to some Nigerians residing in the North by some group of people who are enemies of peace.“Here in Katsina, I am ready to sacrifice my last drop of blood to ensure peace and protect all Nigerians residing in the state.’’
The emir urged the different communities residing in the state not to panic as the Emirate Council and state government would take all necessary measures to ensure peaceful coexistence.
‘’You are Nigerians because some of you were born here and you don’t have better place than Katsina.
‘’So, continue to conduct your lawful business activities, we are behind you.
‘’You are my sons and daughters like any other person, Katsina is your home, so, feel free do not go anywhere,’’ Kabir said.
The emir also urged them to continue to pray for peace and unity in the country, to ensure sustainable development.
Meanwhile, the Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), on Friday expressed support to the call by the Coalition of Northern Youth Groups for Igbos to leave the region within three months.
Speaking in Zaria on Friday on behalf of the forum, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, said the forum is disappointed with the Northern Governors’ Forum for disowning the youth groups.
Prof. Abdullahi said it was hypocritical for the Igbos to continue to live in other parts of the country while agitating for Nigeria’s break up.
“I am disappointed in the decision taken by Northern Governors’ Forum disowning and condemning the agitation by this young agile and progressive youth groups.“Let me ask, these Northern governors, whom are they representing, are they representing spirits, ghost or people of the north?“Recently, people from eastern part of this country, specifically Igbo, were busy calling for the Sovereign State of Biafra and from all indication their leaders including governors are behind them.”
He further stated that whoever feels Nigeria “is not conducive for him” should leave, adding that what the northern youth groups did was not a sin.
Igbos residing in the northern region were on Tuesday gave a three-month ultimatum eviction notice by sixteen northern youth groups or be forced out after the expiration of the October 1, 2017, deadline.
The youths had alleged that the Igbos had become a threat to the unity of the country.
Reacting to the ultimatum, the Federal government said it would deal decisively with anyone found making inciting comments which could jeopardise the unity of the nation.
The Fg Assured Nigerians of their safety in any part of the country, adding that citizens should feel free to reside in any choice part across the country, as it has the capacity to maintain law and order.