Their resolve for the nation’s unity came to bare yesterday in Sokoto, following a joint meeting between the two groups as a result of the recent threat issued by a coalition of Arewa Youths Groups, asking the Igbos to leave the north or before October, 1,2017.
Addressing reporters shortly after the meeting, the Special Adviser to Gov.
Aminu Tambuwal on Youths Matters, Alhaji Nasiru Babata, assured the Igbos that the state government would spare no efforts to safeguard the lives and property of all people resident in the state.
Represented by Alhaji Abubakar Dangaskiya, a Fellow of the
International Republican Institute( IRI), Babata said,’’ Sokoto state will continue to be home for all Nigerians, irrespective of any religious, ethnic, political or cultural differences.
‘’ The youths groups stand for one Nigeria and the country will remain one. This is what we will continue to believe and stand for.’’
The President-General of the Igbo Community in Sokoto, Chief Charles
Uwaga, as well as Ohaneze Ndi Igbo Youth Leader in the state, Mr Kelechi Obonna, also commended the acting President, Mr Yemi
Osinbajo, for the steps he has so far taken to ensure sustainable peace and unity in the nation.
‘’ The dialogue he has so far started with the northern elders and those planned with the leaders from other parts of the country are very commendable.
‘’ These efforts should be sustained and replicated across the country, while we are condemning any hate speeches or statements, by anybody, from any part of Nigeria,’’ the duo, added.
In the same vein, a member of the Nigerian Youths Parliament from the state, Sanusi Yakubu, said the meeting was to assure the Igbos resident in the state that,’’ all is well.
‘’ There is no cause for alarm here. We also want all the northerners resident in Igboland that they should feel at home and continue with their lawful activities”, he stressed.