A former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu, has assured all Igbos that no harm will come upon them in the face of the present agitation for Biafra and most especially, the quit notice issued by a coalition of northern youths.
Mr. Kalu gave the assurance while being interviewed on AIT on Tuesday, July 11.
In an excerpt from the interview, Kalu argued that nobody can touch the Igbo people in any part of the country because Nigeria belongs to all of us.
Although he dismissed the quit notice as nothing to be taken seriously, the former state governor, however, warned that if any Igbo man is touched as a result of the notice, Nigeria will go to war led by him.
“Nobody can touch Igbos because this is our country. If anybody kills any of our brothers, we will go and fight back. We will not take it lightly that anybody kills any of us and then you will tell us to go and take it lightly again; no! We will not take that.
“Anybody that touches any Igbo man because of the quit notice; the country will go into war, and I will lead the war; if Igbos are touched.
“The quit notice means nothing; I know when northerners speak, I will see their hand when they speak, I was trained by them so I know when they are serious.
“No reasonable northern elder will do that; did Adamu Ciroma say so? Did Babangida say so? Did President Abdulsalam say so? Will Aliko support that? Only people who are looking for cheap popularity.
“When you say northern elders, I don’t know whether Sultan, Emir of Kano and his likes are asking us to quit. If all these people come out and say we should quit; we will quit. We are not afraid of quitting. But Nigeria’s unity is more important,” he said.
Also speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday, Orji Uzor Kalu still maintained his stand saying that everything possible should be done to strengthen the unity of the country because Nigeria had come to stay.
He, nevertheless, suggested that the country should go back to regionalism.
The All Progressive Congress, APC, chieftain said no strong politician would promote ethnicity, and urged all hands to be on the deck to strengthen Nigeria’s unity.
He further said he would continue to preach One Nigeria, and “talk about the virtues of President Muhammadu Buhari”.
“As long as I remain an APC member, I will continue to espouse the ideas and good qualities of President Muhammadu Buhari,’’ Mr. Kalu added.
The former leader went on to say that Mr. Buhari would come back healthier and urged Nigerians to pray for him.