Southeast govs, Ohanaeze must break silence on killing of Igbo Muslims, groups say

Southeast govs, Ohanaeze must break silence on killing of Igbo Muslims, groups say

- Muslim groups in the southeast have called on the governors in the region and Ohanaeze Ndigbo to speak on the alleged killings of Igbo Muslims

- The groups said Igbo Muslims were attacked by members of IPOB during the violence which trailed the #EndSARS protest

- Among other things, the groups called for compensation for families of Igbo Muslims allegedly killed by the hoodlums

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The South East Muslim Organisation of Nigeria (SEMON) and the Igbo Muslim Forum have called on Ohanaeze Ndigbo and southeast governors to speak on the alleged killings of Igbo Muslims in the region.

The Cable reported that the groups accused Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the governors of being silent on the alleged killings which trailed the #EndSARS protests.

SEMON said Muslims and mosques were deliberately targeted by the Independent People Of Biafra (IPOB) during the #EndSARS protests.

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Southeast govs, Ohanaeze Ndigbo accused of being silent on killing of Igbo Muslims

Southeast govs, Ohanaeze must break silence on killing of Igbo Muslims, groups say. Photo source: Premium Times
Source: UGC gathers that the group said this in a statement signed and released by Suleman Afikpo, elders committee, and Muhammad Amachi, publicity director, Igbo Muslim Forum.

They said there is a deliberate attempt to hound Muslims from the southeast into silence.

The group claimed purported IPOB hoodlums attacked and killed Muslims in Oyigbo, Onitsha, Aba, Nsukka, and Orlu while Mosques were also destroyed.

The statement read partly:

“It is difficult living as a Muslim in eastern Nigeria. The number of violent attacks targeted at Muslims in the region on daily basis is on the increase.
"Muslims of Igbo extraction are being killed and their properties destroyed for no other reason than they choose to be Muslims, guaranteed by the freedom of religion enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution."

They demanded the proscription of IPOB by other eastern state governors just like Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers, did and a manhunt for Nnamdi Kalu, leader of IPOB.

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The group also demanded adequate compensation for families of Igbo Muslims killed, the constitution of a reconciliation panel, public apology from religious leaders and bodies among others.

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Earlier, reported that some hoodlums attacked the Muslim communities in Nsukka local government area of Enugu state, destroying properties and two mosques in the process.

An anonymous source told BBC Hausa service on Monday, November 2, that the altercation started when a Muslim woman selling tomato took Keke Napep from a village market to her shop in the town.

According to the source, the woman and the Keke Napep driver got into an argument over her transport fare, resulting in the destruction and burning of properties belonging to Muslims in the area.

Meanwhile, the two mosques that were damaged by some protesters in the Nsukka area of Enugu state will be rebuilt by the state government, according to Cosmas Ugwueze, the chairman of Nsukka local government area.

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Ugwueze said the Enugu state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has directed that the places of worship be rebuilt and all the properties lost in the incident be replaced.

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