More Nigerians have continued to react to the ultimatum given by some northern groups to Ndigbo resident in the north to pack out of the region.
Among those who have spoken on the issue are the president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and the minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who all spoke against the northern groups.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai has already ordered for the arrest and prosecution of those who issued the statement in Kaduna.
Atiku, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, described the ultimatum issued by the Northern youth coalition to the Igbos to quit the region and the counter response by a South-east group as “not only provocative, reckless and thoughtless, but also a grave threat to national security and peaceful coexistence”.
The minister, Mohammed on his part warned, that the Federal Government has zero tolerance for such inciting speeches.
The government therefore warned Nigerians against making statements that are capable of undermining the country’s peace and security.
Mohammed, in a statement he issued in Abuja on Wednesday and made available
to newsmen by his special assistant, Segun Adeyemi, urged Nigerians to feel free to reside in any part of their choice across the country, saying the government has the capacity to maintain law and order.
He further warned that the government would not tolerate any threat to the unity, peace and security of the country under any guise.
Leader of the National Assembly, Saraki, called on Nigerians to tolerate each other and display understanding because there is strength in unity.
Saraki spoke when the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the 19 Northern States and Abuja, led by its Chairman, Rev. Yakubu Pam, visited him at the National Assembly in Abuja.
In statement by his Special Assistant on Print Media, Chuks Okocha, the Senate President said: “Let me through you appeal to all our people for tolerance and understanding. I want to appeal that we preach tolerance. I believe that it is our responsibility as leaders, to impress on our people to be very tolerant and let us seek unity.
“We also wish to appeal to everybody that we should in our speeches and actions work for the unity of the country, because you made reference to some of the issues but this is not about who is right or who is wrong, we should always ask ourselves that what can we do to unite our people and mend the fault lines.
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