Our Mosque was not burnt,says Hausa Cattle dealers in Enugu

www.odogwublog.com reports that the leaders of Cattle dealers in Garriki Cattle market, Awkunanu-Enugu,has debunked media reports published in some national dailies that their mosque was also burnt in the  fracas that led to the death of two persons, a Fulani and an Igbo man in the market on Thursday, December 29,2016.

The Chairman of the Gariki Cattle dealers association,Alhaji Baba Ali, made the disclosure as Governor Ugwuanyi visited the market on Friday,December 31, to get on the spot assessment of the situation . He stated that the burnt property in the market was a as a result of harmattan haze, which no single individual or group was
identified as being responsible for the fire incident.

 Alhaji Baba Ali stressed: “Something happened by accident that we did not expect. Since 1970, we have been with the Igbo people here in peace and we have not had any problem. Something just happened by accident but we have settled the problem.

“Any other news they are telling you is mere propaganda. We don’t have
problem, we have been together since 1970, both Amagu and Amaechi, we
have been together like brothers and sisters.

“What happened was that one Hausa/Fulani Man carry knife chuk one Igbo
boy and the Igbo boy died and the Hausa man too died, bringing about
some riot but we have settled the matter. Nobody burnt any mosque.
What happened was a fire accident, this is harmattan period. We have
two mosques here; you can see people praying there, the other one is
in the other side there'.

Also speaking, a former Senior Special Assistant to the Enugu
state Governor on inter-community matters, Hon. Ahmed Abubakar stated,:
“We‘ve been living peacefully with our host, we live like brothers. If
you come here, you see Igbo people speaking Hausa language. This thing
that the media is reporting about burning of our mosque is not true.
This is our Friday mosque and you can see people praying there. This
is the Mosque, today is Friday, look at all the Muslim they are doing
their prayer here.

On the measure being put in place to forestall further occurrence, the
Governor’s Special Adviser on Security matters, Gen. Fred Eze (rtd)
said “The government is interested in peace of the place and that was
why when what happened here happened, security agencies were deployed
to contain the situation and immediately the market leaders put heads
together, discussed and agree that there should be peace and
everywhere is calm that is why the market is operating.

“It was a quarrel between two individuals and not an organized group
crime. It was a problem between two people, it was not a group action
but that was unfortunate. Two people had misunderstanding and what
happened led to their deaths and so it had nothing to do with the
groups in the market.”

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