Igbos will not be initmidated in Yobe, says Gaidam
Governor Ibrahim Gaidam has assured the Igbos resident in the state that government will not allow anyone to “intimidate or threaten” them by using full resources of law enforcement agencies to ensure safety of lives and property.
Gaidam gave the assurance in a statement by the Director of Press Affairs to the Governor, Abdullahi Bego, and made available to journalists in Damaturu. The governor denounced the threat against the Igbos as “unfortunate, unlawful and unwarranted.”
The statement reads: “Like other Nigerians, the Igbos has a right that is fully guaranteed by our constitution to live in any part of the country of their choice.
“As a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural society, part of our nation’s strength lies in the diversity of its people. It is what has moved every successful nation forward.”
Bego in the statement said the Igbos, like the people of other ethnicity, have lived and engaged peacefully with their neighbours. “The Yobe State Government therefore assures them that it will not allow anyone to intimidate or threaten them and will use the full resources of law enforcement to see to that.”
He added: “I strongly believe in a Nigeria in which all its people live peacefully with one another; a country where political disagreements are settled not through threats and violent conduct but through dialogue and give-and-take.”
He reminded youths in the North and in every part of the country that as tomorrow’s leaders, adding that they have a responsibility and a stake to contribute to the peace and stability of the nation.
“Political and community leaders in every part of this country have a responsibility, as well, to guide the youths to responsible conduct and to speak against violence or tendency to violence.”