Chairman of Northern Governors Forum and Governor of Borno State, Mr Kashim Shettima has commended the wisdom and leadership exhibited by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State in handling the recent security challenge in Abia state.
Kashim stated this when he led a delegation of Northern Governors to Abia State, said that Ikpeazu saved Nigeria from danger.
The Chairman of the Northern Governors noted that the visit was to show solidarity to the state Governor who rose up to the occasion at a time when the country needed quality leadership.
Shettima commended the declaration of curfew by Governor Ikpeazu at the hit of the crisis which he said brought about peace and normalcy in the states.
"We are here to thank our brother, Governor Ikpeazu for his leadership at a time when the nation needs quality leadership, he rose to the occasion. He saved the nation from danger.
"I want to thank on behalf of our colleagues, we are here to thank the governor on behalf of the 19 northern state governors for the leadership he exhibited in moments of crises.
"We the leaders have a role to play in the peace and unity of this nation and leadership is about having perfection, it's about symbolism.
"We are here to show solidarity and encourage the leadership exhibited by our brother and brothers governors in the Southeast.
"We are here also to address the northern communities. We do not want any mass exodus from any part of the country to the other.
"In times of crisis and challenges, this our brother governor refused to toe the line of others but rose to the challenge of leadership. He imposed curfew and that brought about a lot of sanity."
He said the northern governors respect the unity of the nation, hence the need to ensure its indivisibility.
The Borno State Governor said they are proud of Ndigbo because the Igbo race has what it takes to preserve the unity of the nation.
He described Nigeria as the last hope of the black race and should try to remain indivisible at all cost.
Shettima assured Igbos living in all the 19 northern states of their safety and urged them to go about their normal business without fear or favour.
Ikpeazu who said he was humbled by the show of love and solidarity from his northern counterparts said he had drawn strength and energy from their visit.
He said the visit demonstrated his faith in the indivisibility of the country, noting that the strings that binds the nation together is still intact.
The Governor assured of the preservation of lives and property of everyone living in Abia.
He noted that the sanctity of lives cannot be threatened hence the need to ensure lives are preserved.
Ikpeazu thanked the governors for holding sway in their various states at the heat of the crisis.
The delegation includes Governors of Borno, Kashim Shettima, Kebbi, Atiku Abubakar Bagudu,Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal, Katsina, Aminu Masari and Plateau,Simeon Dalong.