Meet Barrister Suleiman Njoku, Chief Imam of Imo State

Suleiman Njoku, a barrister, is Igbo and from Mbaise. He was Muslim at birth. He had both Islamic and western education. He works as a lawyer in both Sharia and Civil Law.

His late father was Alhaji Yusuf Njoku was the Imam of Eke Nguru Central Mosque in Aboh Mbaise local government area; he married three wives. The first, a Fulani woman and they had three children. His mother is from Umuokirika in Ahiazu Mbaise and they had seven children. And the third wife is from Obowo also in Imo State.


His late father, Alhaji Yusuf Njoku, had three wives and served as the imam of the Eke Nguru Central Mosque in the Aboh Mbaise local government region. The first was a Fulani woman, and she gave birth to three children. His mother is from Umuokirika in Ahiazu Mbaise and they had seven children. The third spouse is from Obowo also in Imo State. He described his family in an interview by saying, “We all practicing Muslims and we live in peace; ate from one pot and from the same tray.”

“We have several people who are Igbos and born into Islam. We have born Muslims, traditional rulers like Eze Emetuma of Umuoffor, Eze Shittu at Ogbaku, Eze Desmond Alli in Oguta, Prince Emetuma who is the traditional prime minister of his community at Mbieri and several others in different communities,” he added.

Life, work, and education

Barrister Njoku began his education in the Ihitteafoukwu community until his father moved the family to Maiduguri in the early 1980s, where he continued his education at El-Kanemi Primary School. He then went to the Syrian-owned residential institution El-Kanemi College of Islamic Theology. He then traveled to Maiduguri University to study law. He attended the Nigerian Law School in Abuja and was called to the Bar.


He then relocated to Nasarawa State to practice and eventually got married there. Later, he relocated to Asaba in Delta State where he practiced for a year before moving once more, this time to Owerri. He is an attorney who works with Professor Francis Dike Chambers.


After the late Imam in Imo died a few years ago, he assumed control of the Muslim community there. Alhaji Suleiman is the host of a program on NTA Owerri where he calls for and preaches for peace in Igbo land.



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