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BOOM! Sultan Of Sokoto Petitions IGP, DSS, Wants Prominent Bishop G. Onah, Probed For Attacks On Muslims In SS, SE



Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector-General of Police, and the Department of State Services (DSS) have been petitioned to open an investigation into Bishop Godfrey Onah of Nsukka Catholic Diocese over allegations he incited violent attack against Muslims in the South-East and South-South regions.

The petition was filed by the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) under the leadership of Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto.

The Sultan of Sokoto informed the IGP in the said petition that he is in possession of a trove of evidence indicting the Catholic Bishop for last Saturday’s assault on Muslims in Nsukka, Enugu State.

The apex Islamic body alleged that a group of Christian bigots launched attacks against Muslims in Nsukka and set their Mosque alight following a sermon delivered by Bishop Onah.

The Sultan, according to the petition published by Vanguard, explained that the attacks against the Muslims were intensified after his appeal to the security agencies on October 23, to offer special protection to Muslims in the two regions in view of the threats they face.

The petition, signed on behalf of the Sultan by NSCIA’s Deputy Secretary-General, Prof. Salisu Shehu, reads in part: “On Saturday, October 31, 2020, some Christian bigots unleashed violent and virulent attack on Muslims in Nsukka and burnt their Mosques as a result of a hateful and inciting sermon, full of lies and fallacies, delivered by one Bishop Reverend Father Godfrey Igwebuike Onah

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“In the sermon, it was clear that the Bishop instigated the worshippers against Mosques and Muslims. It would therefore require any disagreement, no matter how minute, to execute the premeditated havoc wreaked on the Muslims in the two zones.

“You may recall our letter dated 6 Rabiul-Awwal 1442 AH (23 October, 2020) wherein we implored the Nigeria Police Force to specially protect the lives, property and places of worship for Muslims living in the South-East and South-South.

In the said letter, we informed you about the violent assaults being unleashed on the Muslims in some parts of the zones. Some were killed and their property worth billions of Naira were looted, vandalised or set on fire. Mosques including very ancient ones built by indigenous Igbo Muslims were burnt.

“Rather than abating, the persecution and violence against Muslims in the said two zones have persisted with greater intensity.”

The petition to the IGP, which was sighted by Our Correspondent on Wednesday in Abuja, warned that the recurrence of these kinds of virulent assault on Muslims in the two regions, if left unchecked, could surely ignite reprisals in other parts of the country, especially in the North.

It has therefore become imperatively urgent to proactively bring an end to these criminality.

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“In view of the above, the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, on behalf of the entire Muslim Ummah, hereby reiterate our call to you, Sir, to rise up to this challenge and protect the lives and property of Muslims in the South-East and South-South as bonafide citizens of Nigeria who should live peacefully in any part of the country.

“Specifically, we also implore you, as a matter of urgency interrogate, Reverend Father (Bishop) Godfrey Igwebuike Onah of his hate speech, inciting sermon of lies, fabricated to provoke hatred for Muslims,” the petition stressed.