John Shiklam in Kaduna
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Walid Jibrin, TuesdayÂ described the persistent calls for the Igbo to leave the North as a huge joke.
In a statement yesterday in Kaduna, Jibrin also warned against threats being issues by youths across the country, saying such threats were undermining the corporate existence of the country.
In a statement entitled: â€˜Message to Nigeriansâ€™ he said the continuous call for Igbo to leave the North was a huge joke that must stop.
He advised Nigerians against all forms of hate speeches that causes disunity, stressing that Nigerians should be free to liveÂ in any part of the country without being discriminated.
â€œTo continue the call for Igbo to leave the north is enough joke which must stop immediately.
â€œAnother call from the militants the of South-south that northerners and Yorubas must leave the area must stop.
â€œThe recent call by Benue youths that the Fulani herdsmen living in the state must leave should stop because recently the Fulani Eldersâ€™ ConcernedÂ Group met and a delegation under my chairmanship was asked to visit all parts to reconcileÂ Fulani herdsmen, farmers and various communities and the delegation started with a visit toÂ Taraba State,â€ he said.
Jibrin maintained: â€œA true northerner does not at all support Igbo to leave the North considering that there is no village or community in the North where Igbo does not live.â€
He said further thatÂ a group known as â€œMovement for the Protection of Igboâ€ comprising many northerners and headed by him, had been established to ensure that no Igbo in the North is harassed or molested.
Jibrin said Nigerians must be allowed to live freely in any part of Nigeria, stressing that the nationâ€™s founding fathers promoted unity and understanding among all Nigerians.
â€œDuring the time of the Sardauna of Sokoto and Sir Akintola, northern students were transferred from the North to Western Region and vice versa. I happened to attend Okitipupa National College in Ode-Aye, Ondo State, where we made lasting friends among the Yorubas. We must emulate Sardauna, Akintola, Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Tabawa Balewa,â€ he said.