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    Monday, 4 September 2017

    QUIT NOTICE | Touch me first before you touch any Igbo, Sultan warns Arewa Youths


    The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abuba­kar, has warned Arewa youths against attacking Igbos resident in the North.
    Sultan Abubakar said if there was any plan to attack the Igbo, who are resident in the North, such should be di­rected at him first..
    Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari over the weekend in Daura, Katsi­na State, said Nigerians have the constitutional right to live, work and raise their families in any part of the country without restrictions.
    Buhari spoke while receiv­ing the Governor of Katsina State, Alhaji Aminu Masari, at his country home over the weekend as part of the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.
    Expanding on his posi­tion, President Buhari reiter­ated that the Federal Govern­ment under his watch would guarantee the security of eve­ryone in the country and en­sure protection of all from harassments by reasons of their states of origin, tribes or ethnic backgrounds.
    It could be recalled that Buhari in his address to the nation after a 103-day absence on medical vacation to the UK had also told Nigerians that they were free to reside and do business anywhere in the country.
    Assuring all Nigerians of their safety, Buhari said: “Eve­ry Nigerian has a right to live, work and thrive in any part of the country, irrespective of their backgrounds.’’
    Speaking to journalists af­ter the visit, Governor Masa­ri said President Buhari has brought so much honour and pride to his home state by liv­ing a life of integrity, fairness and kindness to all, a reflec­tion of his fear of God.
    The governor, who was ac­companied on the visit by the Emir of Daura, Faruk Umar Faruk and members of his cabinet, said Buhari’s leader­ship style has attracted pos­itive global attention to the state and the country. He prayed that God would con­tinue to uphold him in good health.
    It would be recalled that a coalition of Arewa youth had issued a quit a controversial notice at Arewa House Kadu­na, to Igbo resident in North­ern Nigeria to leave the region.
    After a heated debate on the implications of such order, the youth coalition suspended the quit notice at a press con­ference in Abuja.
    In connection with the suspended quit notice to Igbo resident in the North, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar while responding stated: “If anybody or group of persons plans nega­tive attack on Igbo, he or they should attack me first because I am against the so-called ul­timatum issued by the Arewa youths that Igbo should leave the north”, he said.
    The Sultan said this when the leader of the World Igbo Union, Dr Mishack Nnanta, accompanied by Igbo chiefs resident in the North, paid Sallah homage to him in his palace in Sokoto.
    Abubakar said, “Restruc­turing to my understanding does not mean galvanising or dividing Nigeria but making adjustments here and there for equal accommodation of all and sundry in Nigeria for equity and fair play religious­ly, socially and economically.”
    He further observed that the agitation by some peo­ple for disintegration cannot solve any of the problems fac­ing the country and that divid­ing it into many parts is not the solution for the myriad of problems bedeviling the na­tion as it would lead to towns and villages clamouring to be­come independent.
    He suggested that the way forward was a round-table di­alogue and not carrying arms which would never lead to peace.
    Agreeing that there were genuine complaints that bor­der on marginalisation, the Sultan, therefore, said the way out was peaceful resolution.
    He blamed the nation’s politicians for most of the problems faced by Nigerians, saying: “They come to you during campaigns, promise you heaven in your house, air conditions on all roads and milk entering your mouth hourly without any effort from you.
    “As soon as they win and go to Abuja, they start plan­ning comfort for themselves, while those from the rural areas move to state capitals, abandoning those who vot­ed them.”
    Leader of the Igbo group, Nnanta had earlier said they were peace-loving Nigerians whose stock-in-trade is their businesses.
    According to him, “Igbo cannot live peacefully in iso­lation from Nigeria. They should work towards ensur­ing proper integration, reconstruction as promised by Gen­eral Yakubu Gowon.
    “They may agitate for cre­ation of more states in the South East to meet up with other geopolitical zones of the country.”

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