Kano state governor, Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso has declared that the two-week ultimatum given to southerners in Kano to leave the state by a non-governmental organization, Northern Youth Development Foundation, is null and void.
“No one has the authority to sack you from this place. Kano is your home and you have come to stay”, the governor stressed. Kwankwaso stated this when the Kano state Non Indigenes Forum paid him a courtesy call at Government House, Kano on Tuesday, pointing out that his government does not support the call, as it will result in acrimony, thus, not in the best interest of Nigerians.
He said the allegation that the administration of Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo state planned to take measures aimed at returning northerners in his states to their states of origin is false as the Imo state governor, being a detribalized Nigerian, with substantial investments in the North could not initiate such a policy.
“I have personally spoken to Rochas and he openly and candidly told me that the there was nothing like that and the news was the handiwork of detractors who never wish him well” Kwankwaso added.
Gov. Kwankwaso, however, called on federal government to avoid measures aimed at worsening ethnic, sectional and religious discord among Nigerians, alleging that President Jonathan is creating unnecessary political tension in the country, which is harmful to national interests.
Earlier, leader of the delegation, Dr. Jimpat Aiyelangbe said they were at the governor’s office to lodge complaint over a letter sent to them by a group of youth asking non-indigenes to leave the state within two weeks.