Igbo living in the 19 Northern states vowed yesterday not to leave the North on the October 1 deadline given by some Northern groups.
President-General of Igbo traditional rulers in the northern states and Abuja, Chief Chikezie Nwogwu, stated this during a courtesy call on Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, who insisted on having the northern youths that gave the ultimatum arrested and prosecuted.
This came as Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, again warned yesterday that the Federal Government will deploy its apparatus against any group of people threatening the territorial integrity and oneness of the country.
This is even as the Police high command declared that it had not made any arrest, despite the instruction of Governor El-Rufai that the northern youths behind the October 1 ultimatum be arrested.
At the meeting with the Kaduna State governor, Chief Nwogwu said the Igbo would not leave the North because they have contributed immensely to the development of the region.
While expressing appreciation to the governor for his support, Nwogwu said Nigeria is better off as one indivisible country.
He, however, called on government to address some of the underlying factors that had led to the agitations in different parts of the country.
“We are not in support of division. We are saying that things should be done right,” Chief Nwogwu said.