Chief Modestus Umenzekwe, the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in Anambra State, has said the 3 months quit notice issued by Arewa youths to Igbo to leave the 19 Northern state is a blessing in disguise.
Speaking in an interview with Dailysun, the APC chieftain said Igbo in the north can afford to abandon over N44 trillion investment to safeguard their lives and that of their loved ones.
“Igbo are capable of building their homes to be greater than what they built outside their homes, Umuenzekwe said.
According to him; “From time, the friendship between the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe and the Sokoto Caliphate had been cordial.
“The former Emir of Kano, Alhaji Mohammadu Sanusi, the grandfather to the present Emir, through that understanding, had ensured that Igbo were rightly treated. So, our relationship with the north didn’t start today.
“One of the earliest hotels in the North, Universal Hotel Sokoto, was owned by late Chief Ogbunugafor from Nimo in Anambra State.
“Okonkwo Kano from Umudim Nnewi, Chief Jideofor of Alor and Chief Onyido, the father of the present Igwe of Ogidi and Chief C.D. Jones Okpala of Akpo, a family friend to Alhaji Musa Gashash, the first Northern Nigerian minister of lands and many other individuals brought about the peaceful and cordial coalition between Ndigbo and north especially in Sokoto and Kano until the military took over. This is just to tell you that both Igbo and their northern host have lived well in the past. So for a group to now come out to say leave, is really disheartening.
“For a group, who probably do not know the history of this age long relationship, to now feel there should be an expiration date and decided to issue Igbo quit notice is truly disgusting. If you say Igbo should leave, it is a blessing in disguise.
“Igbo are capable of building their homes to be greater than what they built outside their homes. It is most unfortunate that these happenings are taking place when President Muhammadu Buhari is not in the country.
“The childhood relationship between President Buhari and late Owelle Chuma Bamidele Azikwe cannot be overemphasized and that is why it is important for the president to return hale and hearty to Nigeria before Igbo will start relocating from the North.
“Igbo have never been hostile to their host. The first International Hotel in Maiduguri was built by an Igbo man, the late Chief Mbonu from Nawfia. All these things notwithstanding, Igbo will leave before the date expires.
“Nigerians and the world should note that Igbo have assets totaling over N40 trillion in the North, but that will never stop us from going if push turns to shove.
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