At least two mosques have been set ablaze, many other properties destroyed and several shops looted and vandalised during a mob attack on a Muslim community in Nsukka, Enugu State, on Saturday.
The trouble was said to have started when a Muslim woman selling tomato took Keke Napep from a village market to her shop in the town and argument ensued between her and the driver over her transport fare.
The disagreement is reported to have degenerated into destruction and burning of properties belonging to Muslims in the area by the host communities and the burning of two mosques in the town.
Speaking to BBC Hausa on Monday, one of the leaders of northerners in the area, Muhammad Adam Yusuf said, “Most of us northerners are now in hiding in police custody, while many have already travelled to their states.
“Most shops belonging to our people including mine have been burgled and our wares carted away. Many have been wounded though none is reported dead so far.
“In fact, more than 90% of Hausas have emigrated, the few of us are now hiding in police custody,” Yusuf said.
The leader of Nsukka Muslim community, Alhaji Sani Ugwuanyi, also told BBC Hausa that “The two mosques, one for daily congregational prayers and the other one which is the central mosque here have both been destroyed.
“The entire structure of the first mosque has been completely destructed while the central mosque has been burnt down.
“There is also another Islamiyyah and Primary School that was also destructed,” he lamented.
When contacted, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, said the force was not aware of the attack but promised to investigate it.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Islamic human rights group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has condemned the attack on Muslims in Igboland.
MURIC in a statement issued on Monday by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, called for a halt to the burning of mosques in the South East and South South.
The organisation also appealed to the Inspector General of Police to protect Muslims as well as their corporate and individual properties in the region.
The statement said, “Two mosques were set ablaze by the Igbo in Enugu on Saturday, 31st October, 2020.
“The Islamic School, Afikpo, Ebonyi State has also received threats of impending invasion. It will be recalled that 11 (eleven) Muslims were killed during the #EndSARS protests in Port Harcourt and Orlu while the Orlu Central Mosque was completely destroyed barely two weeks ago.
“Markets belonging to Muslims in the region were also attacked and properties worth millions of naira were destroyed, including whole trailers with the goods.
MURIC also alleged that the only Islamic school in the whole Eastern Nigeria located in Afikpo, Ebonyi State, is under palpable and severe threat of attack.
“The school management has received about three threat messages in the past one week alone. Attack on the school is imminent and the state government has not uttered a word.”
The Muslim rights group also remind the governors of Eastern and South-South states as the chief security officers in their respective states of their responsibility to protect all citizens under them.
Daily Trust reports that the Muslim community in the region who are mostly northerners alleged that more than 40 of them have been killed and property worth billions of naira lost including 30 trucks and 12 other vehicles in the aftermath of #EndSARS protests in various parts of South-South and South-Eastern Nigeria.
Ijaw group warns against tampering with 13 percent derivation formula
A Niger-Delta group, Ijaw People Assembly (IPA) has condemned the proposal by 59 members of the House of Representatives seeking an amendment of Section 162(2) of the 1999 Constitution.
It said the real motive was targeted at deleting the Principle of Derivation which stipulated 13% of the revenue accruing to the Federation Account from natural resources, describing the move “as an inglorious attempt and a misadventure.”
The group’s scribe, Dortimi Tawari, who spoke in a statement, yesterday, said the plan was an “invitation to chaos and eventual collapse of the Nigerian economy.”
Tawari warned the proposal was “another form of internal colonization, an attempt to strangulate and subjugate the Ijaw nation and other Niger-Delta nationalities.”
Part of the statement read: “The Ijaw nation being a host nation to oil and gas resources and assets, the IPA views this proposal as another form of internal colonization, an attempt to strangulate and subjugate the Ijaw nation in particular and the other Niger Delta nationalities.
“Need it be mentioned that it is an invitation to chaos and eventual collapse of the Nigerian economy. The ljaw People Assembly vehemently oppose a system that will drag the ljaw Nation and the other nationalities in the Niger Delta into undeserved subjugation and retrogression.”
Tawari reiterated the call for a restructured Nigeria that “guarantees resource ownership, control, management and freedom to appropriate a declared percentage of derived revenue to the central government or an arrangement of sovereign nations as the extreme option.”
He said a restructured Nigeria “will promote a productive economy and end the current monthly sharing (rentier) economy under some spurious formular which has encouraged laziness and unviability of states from which the said 59 members all hail from.”
Treat bandits as terrorists – Speakers tell President Buhari
The Conference of Speakers in Nigeria has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare bandits terrorists and enemies of the state.
The Chairman of the conference and Speaker, Bauchi House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Abubakar Suleiman, made the pronouncement at the end of the third quarter general meeting of the Conference of Speakers in Katsina on Saturday.
He said the call was one of the outcomes of their 5-point communique reached at the end of their deliberations.
According to the Speakers’ Chairman, they have come to realise that the mode of operations employed by the bandits is not in anyway different from that of terrorists and as such should be treated as one.
Other resolutions reached in the course of the deliberations included working out a legislative framework to complement federal government efforts in the fight against insecurity in the country.
Also, the conference resolved to come up with appropriate laws that will address the fundamental issues responsible for the insecurity experienced in the country.
The communique also harped on the need to create employment opportunities for the teeming youths as a means to curb the insecurity situation bedeviling the country.
Everything is the opposite yet Nigeria not a complete disaster – Soyinka
Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has said Nigerians are still managing to eke out a living despite the bleak realities confronting the country.
Soyinka spoke during an interview with the Cable News Network monitored by our correspondent.
Commenting on the ironic title for his first novel in 48 years, Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth, he said things happened around one as one grew up, witnessing the degrading of dream and environment in one’s society and on the continent.
He explained that for him, the issue had been an arduous journey, adding, “It has reached such a stage, I found intuitively, that only prose fiction can handle things that have been bubbling up inside me.”
He said the title came after some people some years ago conducted a poll which placed Nigeria among the top four happiest nations in the world.
The playwright noted, “That thing has been with me, in my head. I asked, ‘Who are these people? What do they know? What have they seen? What have they experienced in Nigeria that they make such an attribution?’ That title really has been waiting to answer that claim in many ways. When you look at the surroundings, everything is the opposite and yet, Nigeria is not a complete disaster.
“People still manage to eke out a living not only a living but to some extent a dignified and satisfied living. I think it’s not surface appearance of contentment or making the best of a really bad job, insisting that no matter what life must go on… It’s that which needed to be, quote and unquote, celebrated in addition to the bleak actualities.”
The elder statesman further said he took the decision to change his former relationship if Donald Trump was elected president of the United States despite “being literally an enemy of decency and humanity’’ and his blatantly discontent for non-white humanity.
He stated, “I never really totally turned my back on the United States. I mean how could one? We have many Nigerians there, to start with. When I stroll through the streets of the United States, I sometimes think the United States is an extension of Nigeria, that it’s part of our diaspora.” That’s not an easy decision but it was inevitable.”
Commenting on the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature awarded to Tanzanian novelist, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Soyinka said his immediate statement after the announcement was “let the African tribe expand wherever situated.”
As Abuja-Kaduna train resumes, NRC gives passengers Nov 6 for unused tickets
Customs intercepts PMS, expired drugs worth N723.3m in Ogun, Oyo
Ijaw group warns against tampering with 13 percent derivation formula
CCECC completes Apapa port link to Lagos-Ibadan railway
Customs: Vehicle tariff reduction to begin next week
Biden, Treasury Secretary say Republicans COVID-19 aid too small
- News7 days ago
NAF denies paying bandits N20m to avert bombing Buhari’s plane
- metro6 days ago
He must marry me, says lady who has two kids by her twin brother
- Entertainment4 days ago
Tiwa Savage speaks on leaked sex video
- Business5 days ago
FG scraps DPR, PPPRA, PEF, sacks CEOs, inaugurates new agencies
- Auto6 days ago
Toyota Nigeria paying correct import duty, says Customs
- Politics7 days ago
It’s self-deceit to say Buhari hasn’t done anything for South-East – Oduah
- Business5 days ago
FG sacks CEOs of DPR, PPPRA, PEF, agencies scrapped
- Entertainment6 days ago
Nollywood actress accused of brutalising Lagos nanny over son’s treatment