8/17/2017

Igbos will not leave the North -Walid Jibrin

The Chairman of Peo­ples Democratic Par­ty, PDP, Board of Trustees (BoT) Sen. Walid Jibrin, has said no true North­erner supports the October 1 ultimatum issued by Arewa youths asking Igbos to vacate the North.

Walid, who made the re­mark while condemning the quit notice, sued for uni­ty and peaceful coexistence among Nigerians.
Observing that Igbos re­side in almost every com­munity in the North, Walid recalled the period when leaders like Ahmadu Bel­lo, Tafawa Balewa, Akintola, Awolowo and Azikiwe and other Nigerians mixed free­ly without any form of hatred against another.
According to Walid, “A true Northerner does not at all support call for Igbos to leave the north consider­ing that there is no village or community in the north where Igbos do not live.
“Many concerned north­erners have a movement called The protection of the Igbo in the North under my chairmanship, we must be allowed to live freely in any part of Nigeria.
“During the time of Sardauna of Sokoto and Sir Akintola, northern students were transferred from north to western Region and vice versa.
“I happened to attend Ok­itipupa national college in Ode-Aye Onda state where we made lasting friends among the Yorubas; we must emulate Sardauna, Akinto­la, Awolowo, Azikiwe, Tafa­wa Balewa.
“I want to advise all against hate speeches instead of find­ing ways and means for unity and peace and allow us have permanent places where ever in Nigeria.
“To continue the call for the Igbo to leave the North is enough joke which must stop immediately.

“The recent call by Benue youth that the Fulani herds­men leaving in Benue must leave should stop because re­cently the Fulani elders and concerned groups have met and a delegation under my chairmanship will visit all parts to reconcile between Fulani herdsmen and farm­ers and various communi­ties. We have started with Taraba.”



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