The Coalition of Northern Groups in Anambra State, has dismissed reports that the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi demolished seven mosques in Onitsha.
The group also defended the former Anambra governor against claims that he discriminated against northerners in the state during his tenure as governor.
Obi was governor of Anambra State between March 2006 and March 2014.
There had been allegations that the LP candidate did not only demolish mosques but also chased Hausa people out of Onitsha.
But the group in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman, Alhajji Mohammed Isa Jalo and the Women Coordinator, Hajiya Jamila Ibrahim, said contrary to the allegation, its members have lived peacefully in the state for more than four decades.
The statement reads in part, “Our attention has been drawn to a deliberate, malicious campaign of calumny against the presidential candidate of Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi, by some politicians who have lost touch with real issues for their campaign, falsely alleging that Mr Peter Obi had anti-north stands when he was governor of Anambra State.
“We wish to state here categorically that as Northerners who have been living here in Anambra State for over 20 years, His Excellency, Mr Peter Obi, did not demolish mosques and never sent our Muslim brothers out of Anambra State during his tenure as the governor.”
The group demanded that the identities of those that were sent away during Obi’s tenure be uncovered while also describing it as “one of the friendliest governments to the northerners and Hausa communities in particular.”