By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRIâ€”Leaders of ethnic communities resident in Kano state have cried out over what they termed â€œhigh handedness and attack”byÂ Hisbah operatives in the ancient city of Kanoâ€.
Speaking to Vanguard in Owerri, Imo state after delivering a four-page letter of complaint, dated July 7, 2009, to Governor Ikedi Ohakim, the President General of the body and Igbo community leader, Chief Tobias Idika, lamented that the threat was becoming more dangerous by the day.
â€œAll we are trying to do is to get the world to know the serious danger we are facing in Kano. We are trying to sensitize the Federal Government and Governors in the Southern states about our plight in Kanoâ€, he said.
Fielding questions,Â the Igbo community leader disclosed that non-indigenes in Kano state, who are living in that part of the country,Â have been paying their taxes to government and have also helped in developing the state.
â€œWe are in the state because we were told that we are one country. However, if this policy has changed, the Federal Government should feel free to inform us, so that we can leave the state in peaceâ€, Idika said.
Recounting incidents of attacks on people, some who wereÂ maimed or killed, he noted with grief the huge loss suffered by the business community, adding that he was not afraid of being killed for being outspoken.