VON DG salutes Emir of Katsina for uncommon patriotism

Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmuminu Kabir

The Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON) Mr. Osita Okechukwu, has saluted the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmuminu Kabir for staking his life to protect Igbos and all Nigerians living in the State.

It would be recalled that the Emir, while addressing leaders of the Igbo community and other Nigerians residing in Katsina said, “Nigeria will continue to remain one and that am ready to sacrifice my last drop of blood to ensure peace and protection of all Nigerians residing in the state. I am ready to protect Igbos with my last blood.”

The Emir spoke against the backdrop of the October 1 ultimatum given Igbos to leave the 19 Northern states by a coalition of Arewa Youth Organisations at Arewa House in Kaduna.

Addressing supporters of All Progressives Congress (APC) at Eke in Enugu State on Saturday, Mr. Okechukwu, commended the uncommon patriotism in the face of unfortunate crisis being simulated by fringe groups and politicians whose objective is personal and inimical to Nigeria’s collective existence.

Okechukwu saluted the Emir of Katsina and all those patriots in both south and north, who preach peace and recognise the truism that the hardship and misery in the land today is temporary and cannot truncate corporate existence.

“For history tells us that many decades after the American civil war frictions between north and south more serious than as we currently have dominated discussions. America is strong and united today, ours cannot be different.

“We cannot fall victim to minority and fringe groups in the south east who call for secession and their ilk in the north who gave the quit notice. Civil war is not a panacea to the misery and hardship in the land, which is temporary and transient, given the infrastructural renewal going on in our dear country,” Okechukwu said.

On the rumour that some unscrupulous politicians are fanning the embers of “Igbos Must Return”, and indeed raising money for that, Okechukwu in a rage said, “I don’t respond to rumour, but if there is any truth in that, it becomes the business of the security agency to track them down.”