The President General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nwodo, Thursday expressed gratitude that the millions of Igbos resident in the ancient city of Kano were spared harm as fears mounted over recent ethnic tensions, while also assuring all northerners living in the South-East of safety.
He revealed this when he visited Kano State, on a courtesy call to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje at the government house.
Nwodo said that every Nigerian was entitled to freedom to live in any part of the country without discrimination or harassment.
“Every Nigerian can live in any part of the country of his choice and no harm will ever come to a Northerner in the East.
“When the temperature is high we tend to forget what binds us together and we forget the sweet past.
“If there was any disturbance in Kano where we have 1.6 million Igbos, the entire Igboland would have been in mourning by now”, the Igbo leader said.
He went on to commend the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, and Kano State Government for promoting peace and cohesion among the people.
Nwodo said that his visit was to deliver the message of all Igbos and leaders in the South-East zone.
This development follows peace moves by other stakeholders, including the delegation of Northern governors that just concluded their bridge-building trip to the South-East and South-South regions of the country in the aftermath of the clashes between personnel of the Nigerian Army and members of the now-proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
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