Igbos won’t leave North- Ndigbo traditional rulers


June 11,2017, Lensng

The Traditional rulers of Igbo socio-cultural associations in the North, Eze N’digbo, said that the  Igbos are not afraid of the threat issued by Northern youths.

Some coalition of Northern youths had told Igbos in the North to leave before October 1st, but the Eze Ndigbo of Kano, Boniface Ibekwe has said about three million Igbo indigenes in Kano would not leave the city.

He said: “We have advised our people to remain calm and that nobody should travel. The lives and property Igbo are secure. As far as I am concerned, no Igbo man has relocated with his family to the East. We are here and going about our normal business. The northern groups fanning the embers of war have never experienced the pains and after-effects of war because, if they had, they would always pray for the sustenance of peace, unity and stability.”

Eze Ndigbo of Kaduna, Igwe Sylvanus Aneke, also said his subjects were not afraid of the threat.

“The youths have asked us to leave, but their parents, the police, the state government and the Federal Government have asked us to ignore the threat. We will rather listen to the elders and the government.

“Ango Abdullahi merely expressed his opinion. We are not taking him seriously because we are used to his antics. We are watching the events for now. We will take our decisions after we have watched, prayed and discovered that nothing has changed,” Aneke stated.

President General of the Igbo Community Welfare Association in Kaduna State, Chris Nnoli, also urged Igbos in the North to stay put.

“It (the ultimatum) is a serious issue that should naturally be taken seriously. We are concerned, but since the Kaduna State Government has assured us of safety, we want to hold on to this assurance.