Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja
The Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party has warned that the call by northern youths on Igbo to quit the region and similar call by militants on northerners and Yoruba to quit the South-South are a joke that must be stopped.
It also warned that the call by Benue State youths on the Fulani to quit their land should also be stopped immediately.
The Chairman of the Board, Senator Walid Jibrin, who stated this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, said that a true northerner would not support the quit notice that people from the South-East should leave the North.
He explained that Fulani elders and concerned groups had met and a delegation under his chairmanship was already visiting all parts of the country to reconcile the Fulani herdsmen, farmers and various communities.
Warning against hate speeches, Walid said, “I want to advise all against hate speeches, instead, we should find ways and means for unity and peace and allow us have permanent places wherever we are in Nigeria.
“To continue to call on Igbo in the North to quit is enough joke which must stop immediately. Another call from militants in the South-South that northerners and Yoruba should leave must stop.
“The recent call by Benue youths that the Fulani herdsmen living in Benue must leave should stop because recently the Fulani elders and the concerned group met and a delegation under my chairmanship is to visit all parts of the country to reconcile Fulani herdsmen, farmers and various communities. We have started with Taraba State.
“A true northerner does not at all support the call on the Igbo to leave the North. We must be allowed to live freely in any part of Nigeria. Many concerned northerners have a movement called ‘The protection of Igbos in North,’ under my chairmanship.
“I happened to attend the Okitipupa National College in Ode-Aye, Ondo State, where I struck up friendship with Yoruba classmates; we must emulate Sardauna, Ladoke Akintola, Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikwe and Tafawa Balewa all of blessed memory.”