Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, has reiterated his administration’s commitment to national unity by insisting that the Igbo people residing in the state would not be allowed to leave.
Ganduje made this vow when members of the Igbo Delegates Assembly of the 19 Northern States paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House in Kano.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that this development is in view of the recent ‘quit notice’ issued the Igbo by a coalition of northern groups.
“We will not allow you to leave, you are going nowhere and you have nowhere to go because Kano is your home.
“All Nigerians irrespective of ethnic or religious background must feel free to stay in any part of the country .
“We have enjoyed good and cordial relationship with all communities; Kano State is your home and it will continue to remain as such by the grace of God,” he said.
The governor said that the Igbo people remained indigenes of Kano, just like any other Nigerian resident in Kano would continue to be indigenes of the state.
The President General of the Igbo Delegates Assembly, Chief Chi Nwogu, in his remark, lauded the State Government for making all “Nigerians living in Kano to feel at home”.
He said that they had been in the North for more than 50 years and that some of them were born in the North.
“We have stayed in the North for more than 50 years, some of us were born here and we have respect for one another,” he added.
He said that they were in Kano to meet with the Coalition of Northern Youths and other groups to promote peace and unity in the country.
The traditional ruler of Igbo people resident in Kano, Chief Boniface Ibekwe, also lauded the governor for promoting peace in the state.
Igbekwe, who is also the Chairman of the Igbo Traditional Leaders in the Diaspora, urged the Igbo extraction in Northern Nigeria to be law abiding and continue with their normal business.