By Suzan Edeh
THE National Orientation Agency, NOA, has warned all ethnic groups residing in Bauchi State to avoid utterances capable of causing division and hatred among the people of the state.
This is even as the Agency appealed to the Igbo living in the state to disregard the notice to quit issued them by some Northern youths to leave the North by October 1.
The State’s Director of NOA, Nuru Kobi, stated these in statement in Bauchi, yesterday, while reacting to the hate speeches across the country.
He said: “The current strategies adopted by some disgruntled elements in the country through hate speeches are capable of causing crises in the land. If not checked, the situation is capable of truncating the hard labour of the founding fathers of the nation who fought hard to keep the sanctity and integrity of Nigeria.
“The unity of Nigeria is not negotiable and the country will continue to live and wax stronger as an indivisible entity, harnessing its human and natural resources.”
The NOA boss called on the people of Bauchi State, especially non-indigenes, to consider themselves as bonafide citizens of the state, stressing that the country’s Constitution guarantees the rights of every citizen to reside in any part of the country, irrespective of religion, tribe and cultural orientation.
The NOA Director then assured of the govern-ment’s determination to arrest any individual or group of individuals guilty of perpetrating divisive and ugly speeches.