Ahead of the March 28 and April 11 General Elections and fear of violence, Igbo community in the North would not relocate to anywhere else, President-General of the Igbos in Gombe State Chief Kenneth Okeugo has said.
He said those that earlier left were back in their respective states of residence in the north.
Okeugo told our correspondent in Abuja that there have been series of meetings and that nothing bad will happen, adding that Nigeria will even be stronger and united after the elections.
“With experience of 2011, a lot of our people in Gombe and other states in the North are very apprehensive but with the assurance and reassurance, they are back. Most of them left the state for their various states of origin before the cancellation but they are back and are going to stay. The cancellation also, in its own way, helped our people. Those who left and returned have no other place to go to. And with the kind of confidence in our troops in winning and defeating the insurgency, we are confident that nothing will happen,” Okeugo said.
He said he was among those opposing the postponement of the elections but has realized that there was advantage in it especially that many Nigerians that did not get their PVCs at that time had gotten them because of the opportunity from the postponement.
When asked to comment on the call by some Igbo groups that they should relocate to their states of origin in the face of similar experience in 2011, he said: “Why are you going home, some of us were born here in Gombe and other places in the North. Our children and all businesses are in Gombe. I want people to stay and elect those who will pilot the affairs of their state in the next four years. What is the purpose of going, nobody is going. We are not going anywhere because we have stake in the states where we live. I don’t have any fear. Nigeria is going to remain after 2015 and beyond.”
He also expressed confidence that President Goodluck Jonathan will hand over if he did not win the elections, saying he would want to make history as the first president in Nigeria that if he loses would hand over to the winner.
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