Posted by Pamela Eboh, Awka | 23 July 2019 | 7,351 times
Hausa indigenes in Nnewi, Anambra State, have declared that they are not contemplating relocating to the North as recently directed by some elders in the region acting under the aegis of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) and the Coalition of the Northern Groups (CNG).
Speaking Monday through the Secretary to the Hausa Community in the area, Sani Suleman, said it would be difficult for them to leave the Southern part of the country, saying that they had spent decades of their lives in the area.
He described the call for their relocation to the North as unworthy as according to him, some of them had lived in the region for more than 40 years.
He said: “We’ve been living in the East since 1986. It will not be possible for someone after settling down in an area for decades to just wake up and relocate to his state of origin.
“The Almighty Allah that created Nigeria and brought us together knows the reason he did so. One person cannot just break Nigeria for his personal interest.
“As we are living here, in Nnewi, so are people from other parts of Nigeria living in the North. And there is no way one can just get up and say Easterners go, Northerners go. It is not possible.
“No fewer than 5,000 of us reside in Nnewi and environs. Our greatest preoccupation is to secure parcels of land to build mosques, cemetery and market.
“We’ve secured a piece of land in Nnewi to build a market, though not big enough. We’ve appealed to Igwe Nnewi, Kenneth Orizu III, to help us secure pieces of land for our needs.
“But he told us that land belongs to government and we have also appealed to the State Government but still waiting for their response.”
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