Following the recent mass exodus of Northern Muslims from Delta State due to Boko Haram’s quit notice to Christians living in the North and recall of all Muslims living outside, the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has assured the Hausa/Fulani Communities in the state of adequate protection of their lives and property by State Government.
Uduaghan, who gave the assurance at a meeting with the Hausa/Fulani communities in Asaba, said adequate measures have been taken in collaboration with the security agencies to protect them and therefore there was no need to panic or relocate from the State.
He described members of Arewa Communities in the state as indigenes and thus should regard Delta as their home. The Governor promised to continue to identify with them explaining that he would promote and boost the relationship that has been existed for more than 100 years.
His words: “l want to assure you of adequate protection and security of your lives and property. You have been here for so long and you do not have any other place.”
According to the governor, the Commissioner of Police, the Director of SSS and the Army Commander are on top of the security challenges and would not allow anyone in the State to be harmed.
He enjoined them to report any problem to the traditional ruler in their neighbourhood as well as identify strange and unscrupulous visitors who could constitute threat to the state.
Recall that a member of the Muslim community was allegedly recently apprehended by the police in Agbor with explosives targeted to bomb a church on a Sunday morning.
Advising them to live harmoniously with their neighbours, the Governor enjoined them to caution cattle herdsmen to desist from carrying dangerous weapons.
“Live peacefully with your neighbours and advice herdsmen among you not to look for trouble and should not be carrying dangerous weapons.”
The Governor who said some of the negative reports being speculated about the state was not true, put it this way “Most negative reports making the rounds are not true. Delta State is peaceful and there has been no religious or tribal conflict. I am happy that our Arewa brothers can confirm this.”
Speaking on behalf of the Arewa Community in Delta State Hon. Bawa Abdullahi said his people are indigenes of the state especially as their fathers, grand-fathers and great grand-fathers had lived in the state for more than 200 years.
Hon. Abdullahi said many of their parents married Deltans and were born in the state and they therefore have no place to run to, explaining that some of their parents held elective positions and fought with the late Dennis Osadebey for the creation of Delta State.