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Igbo in Adamawa, Kano decry unrest in South East, call for unity


Governor Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla Bindow of Adamawa State

A group of Igbos living in Adamawa and Kano states have deplored the current tension ravaging the region arising from the separatist agitations of IPOB and the subsequent military response which has led to violence.

The Igbos under their respective cultural associations in the state, while calling for restraint from the combatants expressed their belief in the unity of the nation.

The president-general of the Igbo Cultural Association in Adamawa State, Obonna Ibere, told journalists in Yola yesterday 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.

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,Ă® he said.

Ibere cautioned Nigerians against giving the crisis rocking the region a tribal or ethnic colouration as the Igbos believe in one Nigeria. He, however, called on the military to observe the global rules of engagement while it seeks to bring normalcy to the troubled region.

Earlier, the Adamawa commissioner for information and strategy, Ahmad Sajoh, said that the security chiefs and government officials had gathered at the Ndigbo residence in the state to reassure them that they are in safe hands.

Sajoh said that the state government would use all its resources to protect them from harm.

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