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 Kano state Non Indigenes
Forum paid him a courtesy call at Government House, Kano, pointing out that his government does not
support the call as it will result in acrimony, thus, not in the best interest of
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 am sure Owelle Okorocha’s investments in the North outweigh the investments by Northerners in
Imo state put together. Look at even the Rochas Foundation School he built here and other investments. Such intention
about driving away people from his state could not have come from him”.
“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.
“Tension caused by the government is probably the worst tension; we have cases where
governors are worried and concerned either about their security of lives and
properties or security of their jobs so also other elected officials as well as
businessmen and women across the country,” he lamented.
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.
Dr. Aiyelangbe lamented that since the letter was delivered to the, they have being having
sleepless nights, noting that if government does not takes appropriate action
on time things could get out of hand.