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Hausa Community in Imo State has protested plans by the State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, to relocate them from their present location, saying that the new location will expose them to security threats.
This was contained in a letter jointly signed by Sarkin Hausawa, the ‘Eze Ndi Hausa’, Alhaji Auwal Baba Suleiman and the Palace Secretary, Alh. Mukaila Ahmed, and addressed to the Sultan of Sokoto, Alh Sa’ad Abubakar for interventions.
They called on the Sultan to urgently intervene in the decision of Governor Okorocha of Imo State to relocate the Hausa quarters in Owerri from its present location which according to the, they have occupied in the last 120 years.
“I, Alhaji Auwal Baba Suleiman, Sarkin Hausawa (iv) Arewa (Northern
Community), Imo State, do hereby write this letter as the leader/representative of the Arewa Northern Communities), Imo State for your passionate intervention in the decision of the Executive Governor of Imo State to relocate the Hausa quarters Owerri, from its present location.
“Your Eminence, the present place of situate of Hausa quarters was created and established in 1897 through my ancestor called Mallam Yahaya and, since then it became the settlement place of all the Northern Communities”, he stated.
According to him, “The first northern communities’ leader and Sarkin Hausawa was called Mallam Yahaya, who settled at the Hausa quarters for years with his other northern brothers. Upon the death of Mallam Yahaya, his son, Mallam Sule was turbaned as the Sarkin Hausawa (i) and upon his death also, his son who happened to be my father, Alh. Saidu Baba Sule took after him as the Sarkin Hausawa (ii) of northern communities.
“All these people mentioned, settled and lived at this Hausa quarters with their other northern brothers, which is the position till date.
“Aside residing at this Hausa quarters, they also married Igbo women as wives and had children who are also resident in Imo State. This Hausa Quarters to the Northern Communities resident in Imo State, is considered as their ancestral home, as most of them cannot trace their root of origin to any other place except this Hausa quarters, which has been in existence since 1897”, the letter added.
They noted that, owing to the peaceful and harmonious relationship existing between Owerri people and the northern communities the Hausa quarters in Owerri was considered for the six Clan in Owerri with three tribes currently living in the settlement including Yoruba and Igbos.
The Hausas, the letter also noted, deforested the area given the tribes prior to the Civil War, saying they are at lost as to the reason why the relocation is for the Hausa only.
“Why should it be selective and segregate? Worst still the relocation area is a market, relegating us to a position of mad people or “MAIGADS” that lives in the market”, it stated.
Also in a reaction letter to Governor Okorocha, after the meeting with Hausa Community, the letter stated that the community disagreed for been strangers in Owerri, saying their settlement dated back to 1897, when of their grandparents were born in the community.
According to them “Amawusa” (Hausa quarters) is among the six known communities or villages that settled in Owerri.
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