– Igbos in Kano and Adamawa states have dissociated themselves from the activities of IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu
– They also condemned the crises in Abia state
– They, however, called on the federal government to address the issues of equality and even distribution of the country’s common wealth
Chief Ebenezer Chima,president-general of the association, made the position of the association known at a joint news conference in Kano on Friday, September 15.
“We want to state categorically here that we, the Igbos residing and doing business in Kano state, unequivocally state that we dissociate ourselves from the activities of IPOB and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
“We are strongly advocating for peace and unity in the land,” Chima said.
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While condemning “in its entirety’’ the unfortunate and avoidable crisis in Abia, he called on all Igbos resident in the state to remain calm as nothing would happen to them.
According to him, the state government under the leadership of Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje and security agents have given the assurance of adequate security of our lives and property.
“However, we join the Southeast governors, the leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo and other notable Igbo leaders, to ask the federal government to address the issues of equality and even distribution of our common wealth.
“This, we believe will bring an end to these agitations in the country.’’
On his part, Dr Jimpat Ayelangbe, president of Ethnic Community Leaders Association (ECLAK) in the state, assured all non-indigenes of adequate security of their lives and property.
He said that the assurance stemmed from the meetings they had with various leaders and security agencies in the state.
“ECLAK got the mandate to speak to the media by allaying fears of our people over the concern of their lives and property.
“ECLAK is interested in a united Nigeria because we believe that those not living in their states of origin should not contribute to disorganise the country.’’
He called on his members and other Nigerians to avoid hate speeches in order to foster national unity.
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Similarly, the president-general of the Igbo Cultural Association in Adamawa state, Obonna Ibere, told journalists in Yola on Friday after a meeting with Governor Muhammadu Bindow and security chiefs in the state that they were worried that members of IPOB would not allow peace to reign in the region, Premium Times reports.
“Anybody found guilty of committing crimes against the nation should be treated as an individual. We see this issue of IPOB as an issue that is destined to happen, we expect that some disgruntled people are trying to blow the situation out of proportion,” he said.
He cautioned Nigerians against giving the crisis rocking the region a tribal or ethnic colouration as the Igbos believe in one Nigeria.
He called on the military to observe the global rules of engagement.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu petitioned the European Union over the ongoing military operation in southeast region of the country.
The IPOB leader in the petitioned dated September 14, accused the Nigerian military of intimidation, torture, arrest, abduction and killing of civilian populace in the southeast.
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