Alhaji Abubakar Gula, Chairman of the Borno state butchers association
has denied the allegation by the Gwoza Christian Community Association
(GCCA), of using the Maiduguri abattoir as a breeding ground for
Islamic sect, Boko Haram.
He described the allegation as reckless, false and misrepresentation
of calculated advertently to disrupt the relative peace being enjoyed
by the citizens of Borno state under the guise of religion.
It would be recalled that, Christian Community in Gwoza local
government Council of Borno state had in recent suffered numbers of
attacks, which they alleged was informed by plan of some politicians
using the butchers of Gwoza community in Borno to slaughter their
fellow Christian brothers in Gwoza local government.
The butchers association in a statement made available to newsmen in
Maiduguri, the Borno state capital on Monday, also denied that the
Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima gave the butchers from Gwoza the
sum of N25,000,000 (twenty-five million naira) for whatever reason,
but that the money was made available to the butchers out of the
governors magnanimity as a grant of loan to the National Butchers
Union of Nigeria, Maiduguri Branch.
"It is a common knowledge that such a gigantic commercial site cannot
be said to have consist of only people from Gwoza, but it comprises of
people from different states of the Federation irrespective of their
religion or tribes as well as people from the neigbouring countries of
Niger, Chad and Cameroon republic." Alhaji Gula stressed.
Also in the statement, the Secretary General of the Union, Stephen
David, who is also an indigene of Gwoza locañ government area, from
Bayan Dutse, Gava Anguwan Mission, condenm the allegation that the
abattoir is a breeding ground for insurgency in the state.
His statement is that, the allegation is malicious, baseless and
devilish in nature, intended only to instigate hatred and disaffection
among the peace loving people of the state.
He maintained that, if the allegation is true, he would have not been
alive today, not to talk of being the Secretary General of the
butchers union, as such he called on the public to disregard the
allegation by GCCA.
Also Alhaji Mala Modu, the Chief Butcher at the Borno Abattoir said,
the allegation by GCCA is a deliberate attempt to paint the abattoir
black and also tarnish the image of its operators. End.