..Elders writes Sultan of Sokoto
Fight over recognition as new Sarikin Hausawa lll of Enugu state has taken a tribal dimension as Muslim members accused one another of not a full Hausa man to assumed the throne.
The accusation is containd in a letter addressed to Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad and signed by four elders of Huasawa community in Enugu and environs.
The signatory elders are Hon. Suleiman Haruna; Alhaji Haruna Zugana, patron Hausawa community Enugu; Alhaji Babangida Mohammed Lawal (now late), Secretary and Shiekh Zukarmaini Sa’id, Chief imam of Enugu central respectively.
In the letter made available to our Correspondent in kaduna, the elders appealed to Sultan of Sokoto to urgently intervene and ensure that certificate of registration is issued to Sarikin Hausawa lll of Enugu, Alhaji Idris Ado Suleiman.
The elders of Hausawa community in Enugu on behalf of entire Hausawa community stated that the Sarikin ruling house of Enugu unanimously approved the candidtature of Sarikin Alhaji Idris Ado Suleiman.
The letter further explained that the ruling house presented Sarikin Suleiman to Southeast, South-South council of northern traditional rulers that installed him as Sariki, after the death of the former Sarikin Hausawa ll of Enugu late Alhaji Haruna Sule who died 6th of May 2016.
It added that Chairman Enugu north local government area Mr. Isaac Igwe was present at the installation of Ado Suleiman as Sarikin Hausawa Enugu lll who is also the Chairman Northern traditional Council of chiefs Enugu state.
The elders letter bearing “Office of His Royal Highness Alh. Idris Ado Suleiman, Sariki Hausawa lll of Enugu state”, expressed surprised that one Alhaji Sambo Yusuf who was also at the installation ceremony of Sariki Suleiman, is now parading himself as Sarikin Hausawa.
Elders, in the letter, also expressed surprised, alleging that an Arial Commander (AC) of Police, Abubakar Doma (now late), serving in Makurdi, Benue state capital, was the one the behind the factional Sarikin, Alhaji Sambo Yusuf.
The AC, according to the letter, had gone to Central Mosque Enugu after Eid prayer on 6th July 2016 and claimed that he installed Sambo Yusuf as Sarikin Hausawa Enugu.
“It’s important to note that AC late Abubakar Doma who purportedly installed Yusuf Sambo as Sarikin Hausawa is not a Hausa man, but from Doma, a minority tribe from Nasarawa State. So also Yusuf Sambo he installed as Sarikin Hausawa, is not an Hausa man but from kanakuru by tribe from Gui local government area of Adamawa state”, the group alleged.
Accordingly, the group of elders, lamented that the factional Sarikin Sambo has already converted Enugu central mosque premises, Owerri road, to his own resident and palace, and ejected imam of central mosque from his private resident.
The central mosque compound is occupied with people of shedy characters and littered with over hundreds Keke Nappep, tricycle, “the mosque that’s a place of worship for all, they said.
The elders also complaint that even though they have long time ago, reported the matter to the commissioner of Police and DSS director in Enugu, who took appropriate actions, the matter is yet to be resolved as Enugu government has not issued certificate of recognition to Sarikin Suleiman of Hausawa, till date.
A Civil Rights Realisation and Advancement Network, in a letter addressed to Inspector General of Police, (IGP) appealed for urgent intervention to forestall breakdown of law and order for installing another Sarikin Hausawa Enugu by the late AC Abubakar Doma, who served in Benue.
According the rights group organization’s letter, the appealed became necessary because the peaceful city of Enugu is seriously threatened by the action of the late AC, along with his cohorts policemen from state headquarters Enugu that Installed the factional Sariki Sambo.
A letter of Official presentation of the Sarikin Suleiman to Chairman Enugu North local government and commissioner for chieftaincy affairs Enugu State, respectively signed by chairman of council of Ulama and Imams, secretary arewa community and Sarikin Hausawa Enugu were made available to journalists.
Also a letter to the senior special assistant to Governor on inter-community relations Enugu, by late Sarikin Hausawa ll, in 2012 through Chief of staff to the Governor Mrs. lfeoma Nwobodo, was made available to journalists to authenticate and give credence and originality to Suleiman as the proper Sarikin and son of the immediate past Sarikin Hausawa Enugu ll.
They called on the Enugu State governor to do the needful by issuing a certificate of registration to Sariki Suleiman for better coordination of Hausa community in Enugu and environs in the face of the current challenges of Insecurity in the country.