‘Killing of seven suya sellers to provoke ethnic clashes in Imo’
The deputy coordinator of the Hausa community in imo State, Sulaiman Ibrahim Sulaiman, has said that the killing of seven suya sellers in the state is an attempt to provoke ethnic clashes.
He made this known while speaking to The Punch on the recent killing of seven suya sellers in two days by unknown Gunmen.
In his statement, “I am not the head of the Hausa community in Imo State; I am the second in command. The killings are highly regrettable but we can’t question God. Though it is very disturbing and provocative, we have submitted to the will of the Almighty God. We believe that God gives and He takes. We can only mourn as human beings, there is nothing we can do to bring the victims back to life.”
He further said, “Their killings were politically-motivated. It had nothing to with the Indigenous People of Biafra or the Eastern Security Network. Aggrieved politicians, who are not happy with the transformations going on in Imo State, masterminded the killings. They want to make Imo State ungovernable for distinguished Senator Hope Uzodinma, but by the grace of God, they will never succeed.”
“Yes , it is part of the crisis happening in the state. As I said earlier, the gunmen killed our people to incite northerners to start attacking the Igbo living in the North. The killers are trying to make it look like it was IPOB that masterminded the killings, but it was not IPOB; the killings had a political undertone. The killers were sponsored by those who wish the Imo State Government bad.”
“I totally agree with him. The killing of our brothers was politically-motivated. It was designed in such a way to encourage ethnic war but we have found out that it was not IPOB that killed them. Imo people are peace-loving people. Many of us were born here and our generations have lived in Imo State for over 150 years.
“How can we have problem with those who give us their daughters in marriage; those whose breast milk many of us suckled? Imo people don’t have any problem with the Hausa community in Imo State. The killings were politically-motivated,” he said.