“We want to state categorically here that we, the Igbos residing and doing business in Kano state, unequivocally state that we dissociate ourselves from the activities of IPOB and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu,” the leader of an Igbo Community Association in Kano State said.
Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Abia State have clashed with Nigerian Army personnel in Aba, a commercial city in the state, with reports of deaths and injuries.
The unrest started after troops were deployed to the South East Region to ensure peace in the ember month, but members of the IPOB said they do now want the military in their communities.
IPOB has been agitating for the independence of the region and part of the missions of the military in its Operation Egwu Eke is to quell agitations.
Criticisms have trial the unrest and the statement of the Igbo Community Association in Kano State is the latest on the issue.
The President-General of the association, Mr Ebenezer Chima, dissociated the Igbos in Kano from the IPOB at a joint news conference in Kano on Friday.
“We want to state categorically here that we, the Igbos residing and doing business in Kano state, unequivocally state that we dissociate ourselves from the activities of IPOB and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
“We are strongly advocating for peace and unity in the land,” Chima said.
While condemning “in its entirety’’ the unfortunate and avoidable crisis in Abia, he called on all Igbos resident in the state to remain calm, as nothing would happen to them.
According to him, the state government under the leadership of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, and security agents have given the assurance of adequate security of our lives and property.
“However, we join the South-East governors, the leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo and other notable Igbo leaders, to ask the Federal Government to address the issues of equality and even distribution of our common wealth.
“This, we believe, will bring an end to these agitations in the country,” he stressed.
On his part, the President of Ethnic Community Leaders Association (ECLAK) in the state, Dr Jimpat Ayelangbe, assured all non-indigenes of adequate security of their lives and property.
He said that the assurance stemmed from the meetings they had with various leaders and security agencies in the state.
“ECLAK got the mandate to speak to the media by allaying fears of our people over the concern of their lives and property.
“ECLAK is interested in a united Nigeria because we believe that those not living in their states of origin should not contribute to disorganise the country,” the News Agency of Nigeria quoted him as saying.