“The government and people of Niger dissociate themselves from the recent statement by some Northern youths that Igbos in the North should return to the South East.

“The security of lives and property of all residents of Niger is a priority to Governor Abubakar Bello.

“We, therefore, want to make it categorically clear that all Igbos living in Niger are safe and should go about their normal businesses without fear.

“God has made us one people in Nigeria and we will continue to remain as one.”

This is the position of the Niger state government on the controversial 'Kaduna Declaration' that has caused an uproar and drawn reactions from several national and state leaders.

The above statement was issued by the Niger Commissioner for or Information, Culture and Tourism, Jonathan Vatsa.

He called on Igbos resident in the northern part if the country not to adhere to the calls of a few misguided and disgruntled elements.

He noted that Suleja area of the state was home to many Igbos more than other states in the North because of its proximity to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

In addition, the commissioner noted that security agencies in the state had been placed on red alert to deal with any person or groups that may want to foment trouble.

This follows Kaduna Governor, Nasir ElRufai's order that those who signed the declaration should be arrested and prosecuted.