Governor tells Nigerians to avoid provocative statements

The Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal preaches love and unity among Nigerians.

Nigerians have been urged to avoid inflammatory remarks that can bring disunity among the people.

The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal gave the plea when he invited members of the resident communities in the state to break fasting with him on Friday.

Mr Tambuwal spoke against the backdrop of the ultimatum given to the Igbo to leave the northern part of the country by some youths in Kaduna.

No fear of molestation
The governor said Nigerians must feel free to stay in any part of the country without fear of molestation.

He assured the citizens of his readiness to provide adequate security for them.

“I align myself fully with the position of the Northern Governors as enunciated by our chairman, Governor Kashim Shattima of Borno State.

“We have enjoyed a robust relationship with all members of the resident communities; you have no reason to fear. Sokoto is your home and it will continue to remain as such,’’ Governor Tambuwal said.

According to him, Nigerians now need to team up as a people and find lasting solutions to the myriad of challenges confronting the nation.

“We are a blessed nation and we should continue to develop our strengths to provide the needed leadership for Africa and the black world.

“So, as far as your stay is in the northern part of the country and in Sokoto, do not feel threatened by anyone,’’ the governor assured Nigerians.

The representative of the Igbo community in Sokoto, Mr Steven Okoro commended the state government for making Nigerians living in Sokoto to feel at home.

“We have never felt threatened in Sokoto. We and our families have stayed here in peace for hundreds of years.

“Our relationship with all groups of people here is based on mutual trust and respect for one another,’’ he said.

Speaking in the same vein, both the leaders of the Yoruba community in Sokoto, Abdulfatah Coker and the Chairman of the Association of Resident Communities, Muhammad Ibrahim pledged to continue to support constituted authorities to deliver on their mandates.

They lauded Governor Tambuwal for what they described as his open door policy which had enabled all citizens to reach out to him directly.

NAN/Mercy Chukwudiebere