Director General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukw

By Oladapo Okeowo

The Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, on Saturday hailed the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmuminu Kabir for his stance in the matter of an ultimatum handed Igbos in the north.

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The monarch had stated his readiness to lay down his life in the protection of Igbos and all residents of his kingdom.

He said the country will continue to remain one in spite of recent calls for a breakup.

Speaking at his palace in Katsina on Friday while addressing leaders of Igbo community and other Nigerians residing in Katsina State, he said he would continue to preach and unity.

He said: “I am responding to the quit notice given to some Nigerians residing in the North by some group of people who are enemies of peace.

“Nigeria will continue to remain one and that am ready to sacrifice my last drop of blood to ensure peace and protection of all Nigerians residing in the state. I am ready to protect Igbos with my last blood.”

Okechukwu, who was speaking in Enugu, commended the Emir for what he called uncommon patriotism especially in the face of the current crisis.

He said things would work out and the current economic hardship that is throwing such hate would be defeated.

According to him, “history tells us that many decades after the American civil war frictions between north and south more serious than as we currently have dominated discussions. America is strong and united today, ours cannot be different.

“We cannot fall victim to minority and fringe groups in the south east who call for secession and their ilk in the north who gave the quit notice. Civil war is not a panacea to the misery and hardship in the land, which is temporary and transient, given the infrastructural renewal going on in our dear country,” Okechukwu said.