Friday, 11 December 2015

Biafra: Kano Governor Assures Igbos Of Safety

The Kano state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has said that the Igbos in Kano should not be afraid about any reprisal attack in the aftermath of growing Biafra agitation.

A Biafra protest that took place in Onitsha, Anambra resulted in the death of two police officers and some protesters. It was also reported that a central mosque in the town was set on fire while a northern suya seller was also hit by a stray bullet.

Daily Trust reports that the governor assured the Igbos in the state that they were safe and called on the government to negotiate with the protesters.

He said the report that a mosque was burnt during the tension was untrue.

“Virtually, no mosque was bombed. I had a meeting with non-indigenes. They said they were not party to Biafra because they are not even non-indigenes in Kano. They said they were indigenes of Kano state with primordial claim of locality where they were born.
“I assure them that we are conscious of the situation. We have been talking to the Ulama and traditional system that Kano should be in peace. I believe this is working,” he added

He also said the Kwankwasiyya movement named after the former governor of the state, Rabiu Kwankwanso was not broken as reported in some media.

“I held meetings with media managers, especially radio stations. We all agreed that the system should not be overheated with the Kwankwasiyya movement. No two people will be the same. The objectives are the same but the implementation can’t be the same. The people who initiated the Kwankwansiyya movement are still there. You know the movement needs to be fine-tuned because of the economic situation and political atmosphere. But there is nothing like Gandusiyya,” he said.

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Grand Alliance said it is not in support of the use of violence by Biafra protesters but urged President Buhari to look into the issue of the marginalization of the Igbo people.