The Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has urged Nigerians to avoid inflammatory remarks capable of causing disunity among the people.
He was speaking against the backdrop of the ultimatum given to the Igbo to leave the North by some youths in Kaduna.
The Governor spoke Friday night when he hosted members of the resident communities at the annual iftar breaking of fast session organised by the state government in Sokoto.
“I align myself fully with the position of the Northern Governors as enunciated by our chairman, Governor Kashim Shattima of Borno.
“All Nigerians must feel free to stay in any part of the country without fear of molestation.
“We have enjoyed a robust relationship with all members of the resident communities and you have no reason to fear. Sokoto is your home and it will continue to remain as such.
“I urge our youths to show restraint in making inflammatory remarks and threatening of one another. What we need now is to team up as a people to find lasting solutions to the myriad of challenges confronting us.
“We are a blessed nation and we should continue to develop our strengths so as to provide the needed leadership for Africa and the black world.
“So as far as your stay is in the North and in Sokoto, do not feel threatened by anyone,” the Governor added.
In his remarks, representative of the Igbo community in Sokoto, Steven Okoro, commended the state government for making all “Nigerians living in Sokoto feel at home”.
“We have never felt threatened in Sokoto. We and our families have stayed here in peace for hundreds of years and our relationship with all groups of people here is based on mutual trust and respect for one another,” he added.
Speaking in the same vein, both leader of the Yoruba community in Sokoto, Abdulfatah Coker and chairman of the Association of Resident Communities, Muhammad Ibrahim, said they would continue to support constituted authorities to deliver on their mandates, and thanked Mr Tambuwal for his open door policy which has enabled all citizens to reach out to him directly without much stress.