During his visit to Nsukka, Enugu State capital on Tuesday, Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar was quoted saying, “I want to say that nobody in the north aims to kill any Igbo because he is an Igboman. They are killed because they are the industrious ones found in everywhere and in every village but nobody plans or sends people to kill the Igbos.”
Pro-Biafra Republic group, Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has criticized the traditional ruler for his “unguarded and insensitive address.”
In a statement dated Wednesday 21 December 2016, the group said:
“This expressed feelings and assertion of the Islamic leader shows and proves the high level of hatred, hypocrisy and wicked mind of Hausa-Fulani Islamic fundamentalists in Nigeria against the people of Biafra.
“For the Islamic religious leader in Nigeria to openly admit that Ndigbo are always killed and massacred without provocation in Nigeria because of our industriousness and unique ability to reside in every nooks and crannies of Nigeria doing businesses is terrible.”