Governor Yahaya Bello speaks out over 3-month quit notice to Igbo people

Governor Yahaya Bello speaks out over 3-month quit notice to Igbo people

- The three-month notice handed to Igbos in the north to quit has continued to cause tension across the Nigeria

- Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi said his state is very safe for Igbo people just as he promised to ensure their security

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi has urged Igbo people in the state to remain calm as they remain partners-in-progress.

In reaction to a three-month notice on the people of the south-east to quit the north, Governor Bello also promised to continue to protect the interest of the Igbo people in the state.

Speaking through his spokesperson, Kingsly Fanwo, in Lokoja, the capital of the state, Bello said: “As a nation, our strength has always been embedded in our unity in diversity.

“Nigeria is home to all and we must continue to see ourselves as brothers and sisters in a united nation.

“Ethnic segregation is unacceptable to humanity and we must continue to wax stronger and unbroken as a nation. The God that created Nigeria is a God who believes in the strength of unity.

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“The Kogi state government under the leadership of Alh Yahaya Bello wishes to assure all Igbos that they are not only safe in the state, but that the administration will continue to consider Igbos resident in the state as partners in the ‘New Direction Agenda’ of the government.

“Igbos should go about the legitimate businesses in the state as they continue to contribute to our economy as a state and a people.

“With the appointment of Igbos into strategic positions in Kogi state, we are making a strong case for social integration in Nigeria.

“Let me once more salute the courage and nationalism of the Kaduna state governor who has shown with his recent actions that Kaduna will remain the home of all nationalities,” he said.

Asking the leaders in the north to continue to defend the interest of the country by securing the lives of the people of other tribes, Bello said: “As we strive to move out of the economic recession in Nigeria, bloodbaths would only compound the situation.

“We are the same before God and we should always play up the factors that unite us. We can only be strong when we are united.”

He also begged Nigerians to continue to pray for the full recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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“President Buhari has sacrificed a lot to ensure we remain a respected nation in the comity of nations.

“Nigerians should pray for his full recovery as he is determined to tame corruption and drive the nation toward prosperity, responsibility and respectability."

Meanwhile, also reports that an elderstatesman and leader in the north, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, has warned leaders in the region to begin to prepare for the eventual breakup of the country.

“I have been having this conviction right from 1953 and my position remains the same till today. But, it will be foolhardy to sit idly by in the face of one agitation after another.

“In a period of uncertainty, it is wrong to assume everything is normal.

“It is better to have as many options as possible at your disposal," he said.

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