BY EMMANUEL MGBEAHURUIKE, Owerri
Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha has said that every part of Nigeria is home to every Nigerian saying that it was totally wrong for the ArewaYouths to ask Igbos in the North to go back home.
Governor Okorocha spoke when he broke fast with Muslims in the state, Monday night at the Government House Owerri, adding that Nigeria is a country to every Nigerian and every part of the country should be a home to every Nigerian and that is why the Igbos live and also marry in the North.
He said,“We are here as a tradition to break fast with our Muslim brothers who have been fasting for so many weeks now. We are here to dramatize unity and love for one another. We Nigerians must learn to respect each other’s religion because religion has a lot to do with every individual or society.
“We should also be our brothers’ keeper as preached by every religion. I want to assure all Muslims in Imo State that you are safe in the state. Let no one leave the state for any reason at all. This is Nigeria and Nigeria is one nation, indivisible and indissoluble.
“When we heard about the call by the Arewa youths asking the Igbos to go back home, I said to them which home? Nigeria is our country, Nigeria is our home and as such we must love one another. I tell all of you here that Imo State is your home irrespective of your religion. Feel free and keep the laws of the land because we are one and shall remain one in God’s name.”
Leader of the Muslim community in Imo State, Alhaji Yusuf Nwaoha and his Abia State Counterpart, Alhaji Usman Mohammadu thanked the governor for sustaining the break of fast with Muslim faithful in the state for the past 6 years and enjoined him to hand over the legacy to his successor come 2019.
They also thanked the government and people of the state for the peaceful co-existence between Christians and Muslims and called for its sustenance.
The two Muslim leaders honoured the governor with awards. While the Muslim leader in the state, Alhaji Yusuf gave award to the governor as the Most Muslim Friendly Governor in Nigeria, his Abia State Counterpart, Alhaji Mohammadu gave the governor award as the National Bridge Builder.