Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State on Monday assured non-indigenes living in the state that their rights as Nigerian citizens would be protected.
Mr. Lamido gave the assurance when he received the Emir of Dutse, Nuhu Sunusi, who paid the governor Sallah homage in Dutse.
He explained that all non-indigenes living in the state were there as a matter of ‘right’ not ‘privilege’, hence would not be discriminated against.
The governor said that Nigerians were free to live wherever they chose without any undue harassment by any individual or government.
The governor said those asking Nigerians to register in their own country were sending a wrong signal that was not healthy for the unity of the country.
According to him, leadership is about understanding the people being governed, with a view to protecting their lives and property, irrespective of their religious or ethnic background.
In his remarks, the Emir of Dutse, Mr. Sunusi, had thanked the governor for transforming the state in the past seven years of his administration.
He said that both indigenes and non-indigenes had been living peacefully in the state, promising that efforts would be made to sustain the status-quo.