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12 Jul 2017

Quit Notice: What We'll Do If Any Igbo Man is Killed in the North - Orji Uzor Kalu Vows

A former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, has warned that the South East region will not take lightly any act of violence against indigenes of the region in other parts of the country.
Orji Uzor Kalu
While speaking during an exclusive interview programme on AIT on Tuesday, the former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, warned that he will personally lead his people to war if any Igbo man is killed as a result of the quit notice issued by Arewa youths.

Reacting to the quit notice recently ordered by a coalition of Northern youths for the Igbos to vacate the region by October 1, the former governor said those who issued the quit notice were not reasonable northerners, and argued that nobody can harm any Igbo person resident in any part of country because Nigeria belongs to everybody.

He said, “Nobody can touch Igbos because this is our country. If anybody kills any of our brothers, we will go and fight back. We will not take it lightly that anybody kills any of us and then you will tell us to go and take it lightly again; no! We will not take that.

“Anybody that touches any Igbo man because of the quit notice ; the country will go into war, and I will lead the war; if Igbos are touched.

“The quit notice means nothing; I know when northerners speak, I will see their hand when they speak, I was trained by them so I know when they are serious.

“No reasonable northern elder will do that; did Adamu Ciroma say so? Did Babangida say so? Did President Abdulsalam say so? Will Aliko support that? Only people who are looking for cheap popularity.

“When you say northern elders, I don’t know whether Sultan, Emir of Kano and his likes are asking us to quit. If all these people come out and say we should quit; we will quit. We are not afraid of quitting. But Nigerian unity is more important.”

“It’s just like you seeing me struggling for the secession of the country you will know that my heads have gone nuts. The unity of the country is not negotiable.

“When you say northern elders, I don’t know whether Sultan, Emir of Kano and his likes are asking us to quit. If all these people come out and say we should quit; we will quit. We are not afraid of quitting. But Nigerian unity is more important,” Kalu said.

Speaking on the way forward, the former governor said Nigeria’s religious and community leaders have a huge responsibility to inculcate the culture of nation building among Nigerians.

“The hatred is too much. I think the best way is to get religious leaders to start preaching peace. You cannot imagine that if something happens in Pakistan; they will go and kill Igbo or kill someone from the south. That is not right,” said Kalu.

He added that the message of tolerance should be preached across the country.

“The meeting the Acting President was calling only Igbo and Hausa people is not the right thing to do, he should invite all the six geo-political zones because the problem is everywhere,” he said.

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