resident Muhammadu Buhari attempted to draw the line against hate speech on Saturday and affirmed the right of Nigerians to live anywhere in the country regardless of their state of origin.
Mr. Buhari, speaking in his hometown of Daura in Katsina state, said Nigerians have the constitutional right to live, work and raise their families in any part of the country without restrictions.
He did not say it but he was reacting to threat of eviction by some northern youths who threatened to evict the Igbo from their ancestral land.
The President was receiving the Governor of Katsina State, Alhaji Bello Aminu Masari, at his country home as part of the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations, according to a statement by spokesman Garba Shehu.
President Buhari reiterated that the Federal Government would guarantee the security of everyone in the country, and ensure protection of all from harassments by reasons of their states of origin, tribes or ethnic backgrounds.
Assuring all Nigerians of their safety, the President said: “Every Nigerian has a right to live, work and thrive in any part of the country, irrespective of their backgrounds.’’
Speaking to newsmen after the visit, Governor Masari said President Buhari had brought so much honour and pride to his home state by living a life of integrity, fairness and kindness to all, a reflection of his fear of God.
He noted that the President’s leadership style had attracted positive global attention to the state, and the country, praying that God would continue to uphold him in good health.
The governor was accompanied on the visit by the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Faruk Umar Faruk and members of his cabinet.