Eze Ndigbo (Sarkin Igbo) of Kano State, Igwe Boniface Ibekwe has said Igbo people living in Kano are going no where, following the quit ultimatum served to them by Northern youths in the aegis of Arewa groups.
Chief Ibekwe who doubles as the President of the Association of Ndi Eze Igbo N’Uzo Ije (Nigeria and Diaspora), maintain that Nigeria belongs to all and therefore, the Igbo are not leaving the North.
Speaking in an interview with Dailysun concerning the 3 months ultimatum, Ibekwe said; “We are not leaving the North. We are working with the good people of Northern Nigeria to see that there is peace among all of us and we are also in constant touch with the leadership of Igbo people in Nigeria who are committed to seeing that there is peace in the whole of Nigeria.
“Let me tell you, even when I travel down East, hardly do I stay for two weeks or three weeks before I come back . Here is where I invested my money and here is where I will stay and I will continue to contribute my own quota to make this area great.
“All my children were born here likewise so many other Igbo people in the region. All their children were born here and so, we are part and parcel of this setting. We are not going, we are not leaving, we are going to stay in the North, we are going to live together and contribute our share to make where we live better and prosperous.
Speaking further, Chief Ibekwe stressed that IPOB is not the leadership of Igbo in Nigeria. The leader of the Igbo people in Nigeria is His Excellency, Chief Nnia Nwodo and matters affecting the people of Ibo extraction should naturally come from him, not IPOB.
According to him; “Whatever would bring peace in Nigeria, whatever would result to fairness to all, equality of all and justice to all Nigerians, without particular favour to one ethnic group above the others is where we stand and we are working fervently towards the realization of this time tested philosophies of justice, fairness and equality of all in the development and access to the benefits of Nigeria.
What is responsible for these agitations from different groups, I want to say that everybody already knows and what I think Nigeria needs today is for everybody to come together and sit down and discuss honestly about how to address some of these issues. Running away from them or saying everything is perfect is not a solution.
From my own understanding, everywhere you go in Nigeria today, there are issues of complaints by roughly all the regions and groups in Nigeria. Whatever are the complaints of a people living together should be brought to the centre table for everybody to look at it and discuss it and resolve it.
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