When South-Easterners See Us, They Label Us Hausa, Traitors— Igbo Muslims Lament

Date: 18-05-2021 2:47 pm (1 month ago) | Author: Giwa bayo
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Many Igbo Muslims in the South-East states are now fleeing up north due to the growing resentment against the Hausa/Fulani community and the Federal Government in the region, coupled with the security crisis. Some of the Muslims lamented that their people label them as Hausa and they refused to understand their freedom of religion.

The victims added that the majority of the South-Easterners refused to understand that “we are Igbos, before becoming Muslims.”   Recent happenings including secession agitations and activities of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra have also made life very tough for the minority Igbo Muslims in the South-East.

Findings revealed that there are Igbo Muslims in Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo states. However, the total number of those that relocated to the North to find succour and practise their religion without molestation far outweighs the total number of those still living in the entire South-East. Some of the victims likened their travails to “apartheid” as they are being marginalised in the scheme of things.

 Muslim women interviewed in Afikpo, Ebonyi state, as well as Enugu, Abakaliki, Umuahia, Okigwe and Owerri, are called derogatory names such as ‘masquerade’, ‘traitor’ and ‘Hausa’, when they appear in public wearing their hijabs.Halima Musa Ani in Enugu recalls a public attack she suffered last year when she joined a queue, and an attempt was made to remove the hijab which she was wearing.

 On many occasions, Muslim women have been referred to as ‘Boko Haram’ and ‘slave’ when they make use of public transport, as revealed in Afikpo. Halima recounted many personal experiences and those of others in which they were maltreated or given unfair treatment because of their religious identity.

 “Igbo Muslims are facing many challenges in the South-East, even in the streets, especially the women, because we cannot go out without our hijab. When you go out, you will be addressed as ‘Hausa.’ Even a small child will call you ‘Hausa, ’and begin to chant ‘Hausas are passing. Hausas are passing.’ It’s just like a song,” She said.

 
She said while she and others like her were categorised as Hausas and denied basic citizens’ rights, they are also not considered as the same by the Hausas. “When we go to the Hausas, they will describe us with an unfair word, and say ‘you are not part of us,” she said. Last year, she joined a queue at the Enugu south local government secretariat to receive a palliative but when she was called to receive her ration, there was protest.

“One woman asked ‘why did you bring this Hausa woman. What brought her here?’ They were saying that I am claiming to be Igbo to get a N20,000 palliative. That I am not Igbo, and that I should go back to my state. Somebody grabbed my hijab from the back, and another woman joined, holding onto the hijab as well. I held onto my hijab,” Halima recalled.

 
Umar Musa Ani told the reporter that a young Muslim woman in Enugu will change her name from Aisha to Asisko, or from Maryam to Mary Anne, because of pressures from society. In a new twist to Hausa phobia, Igbo Muslims are accused by Igbo Christians of becoming Muslims because they wish to gain material wealth from Hausa Muslims.

 Igbo Muslims lament their lack of visibility nationally. There are no members of the National Assembly who hail from the Igbo Muslim community. No minister or minister of state is an Igbo Muslim. The only commissioner in the region, who is a Muslim, is Suleiman Ukandu, the commissioner for lands, survey and urban planning in Abia State.

 
Sheikh Haroun Ajah, Vice President General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, interviewed in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, provides a background. “Muslims don’t have access to the civil service. We don’t have access to political appointments, no access to anything that is being done by the government. If it were possible for us to be denied our daily bread, they would do that,” he said. Ajah, while stating that there are more Igbo Muslims in the north than in the entire South-East, also sheds light on a growing Hausa phobia.

 “When they see an Igbo Muslim, they label him Hausa. They refuse to understand that Hausa is a tribe, Igbo is a tribe and Islam is a means of spiritual relationship with the Almighty. They refuse to understand that we are Igbos, before becoming Muslims.” On account of years of marginalisation, profiling and exclusion, he thinks that the Federal Government should compensate Igbo Muslims but did not specify the form this may take.

 
The fear of lynching, expulsion and death has also pushed some fresh converts to Islam to practice Islam in the secret. Suleiman Njoku, Chief Imam of Imo state, argues: “There are some secret Muslims in Imo State. Because of persecution, some of them have been hiding their identity. I noticed this when I became the Imam.”

Posted: at 18-05-2021 02:47 PM (1 month ago) | Hero
- olowoinlionsden at 18-05-2021 03:31 PM (1 month ago)
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Not to worry, thats how your colleagues, Arab Jews are treated in Israeli territory.
Posted: at 18-05-2021 03:31 PM (1 month ago) | Gistmaniac
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- kima77same at 18-05-2021 04:47 PM (1 month ago)
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 WISH THERE IS A BETTER ADJECTIVE!!!
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- gogoman at 18-05-2021 06:27 PM (1 month ago)
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And una won divide Nigeria!!! una see how una dey treat una self?  is it a must that everyone MUST do the same relgion?
Posted: at 18-05-2021 06:27 PM (1 month ago) | Addicted Hero
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- Nicelooking123 at 18-05-2021 10:26 PM (1 month ago)
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Nothing like Igbo Muslim. Igbos are either Christian or traditionalist. Anyone trying to smuggle Islam as part of Igbo religion is joking...let them relocate to North before it will be too late.
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- FuckIslam101 at 19-05-2021 02:45 AM (1 month ago)
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Quote from: gogoman on 18-05-2021 06:27 PM
And una won divide Nigeria!!! una see how una dey treat una self?  is it a must that everyone MUST do the same relgion?

I have been following your coments for the past few years on this platform and I find out you hate the TRUTH with passion......Is nigeria a country or a Nation ..answer me? nigeria is a contraption ment for people like you.....we want to leave nigeria for Fools like you.......Those few Hausa people born in BiafraLand that speaks igbo are Spy sent by the fulanies to our Land...is time they must relocate to SAHEL and marry there...and never come back forever!!  phyuk you...you Pedofile Muslims that marry young girls at the age of 8 as your master Mohamed did to AISHA .....Bastard Muslims.......sons of ishmel........  gogoman may fulani heads men visit your mother at abeokuta and rape the hell out of her smelling honeypot and cut her head as a truphy as Islam tells them to always do.....and may fulani terrorists visit your old mothers farm and eat up her crops Bastard IDIOT like you!!.......Yoruba Nation Should Expell people like you from Yoruba Land.....you are a disgrace to the Great YORUBA NATION.............ALL MUST HAIL BIAFRA.....ISLAM  HAVE NO PLACE IN BIAFRALAND OK.
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- gogoman at 19-05-2021 11:09 AM (1 month ago)
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Quote from: phyukIslam101 on 19-05-2021 02:45 AM
I have been following your coments for the past few years on this platform and I find out you hate the TRUTH with passion......Is nigeria a country or a Nation ..answer me? nigeria is a contraption ment for people like you.....we want to leave nigeria for Fools like you.......Those few Hausa people born in BiafraLand that speaks igbo are Spy sent by the fulanies to our Land...is time they must relocate to SAHEL and marry there...and never come back forever!!  phyuk you...you Pedofile Muslims that marry young girls at the age of 8 as your master Mohamed did to AISHA .....Bastard Muslims.......sons of ishmel........  gogoman may fulani heads men visit your mother at abeokuta and rape the hell out of her smelling honeypot and cut her head as a truphy as Islam tells them to always do.....and may fulani terrorists visit your old mothers farm and eat up her crops Bastard IDIOT like you!!.......Yoruba Nation Should Expell people like you from Yoruba Land.....you are a disgrace to the Great YORUBA NATION.............ALL MUST HAIL BIAFRA.....ISLAM  HAVE NO PLACE IN BIAFRALAND OK.

Can you hear urself... so any IGBO that is Muslim is not an Igbo person? you're a MUMU boy
Posted: at 19-05-2021 11:09 AM (1 month ago) | Addicted Hero
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