- Senator Ibrahim Shekarau has attacked Governor Wike over alleged demolition of a mosque in Port Harcourt
- Shakarau also lambasted Wike for declaring Rivers Christian state
- The former governor said heaven would have been let loose if a Muslim governor were to declare his state a Muslim state and demolish a church
Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, a former governor of Kano state, has berated Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, over the alleged demolition of a mosque in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
The Nation reports that Shekarau, who represents Kano central senatorial district at the Senate, described Wike's action as barbaric and totally condemnable.
Legit.ng gathered that he said in a statement he personally signed on Friday, August 30, that all rational and conscious citizens of the country should join in condemning Wike for recklessly demolishing the mosque.
According to the former governor, Wike should be condemned for demolishing Rainbow town central mosque located at the Trans-Amadi area of Port Harcourt and for irresponsibly declaring Rivers state a Christian state and claiming to owe no apology to anyone.
He said: “Muslims and other right-thinking and peace-loving citizens of this country should come together to condemn, in strongest terms, this irresponsible, reckless, rabble-rousing governor whose apparent aim is to ignite a religious conflagration, the kind of which has never been seen in recent times.
“If a Muslim governor were to come out openly and declare his state a Muslim state and proceed to demolish a church for any reason, all hell would have since broken loose in Nigeria and sections of the Christian community would have since rushed to the international community and even the United Nations seeking protection against Muslims.”
Shekarau, who was also a former minister of education, said that Wike's action is a pointer to his being induced by other than rationale brain waves, adding that no good leader would contemplate stoking the embers of discord in a country so religiously, ethnically and regionally charged as Nigeria.
“We must repeat that were a Muslim governor to be reckless to utter even half of what Governor Wike uttered, the fragile peace holding in this country would have since been jeopardised because of the intolerant nature of a section of the citizenry.
“Yet here we are, with the added tragedy of a cohort Christian clergy lining up to bless and endorse Governor Wike’s action. Nigeria belongs to all, and no state in Nigeria could claim to be mono religious," he said.
He said when he held sway as governor of Kano state between 2003 and 2011, he encouraged and guided the people to lead their lives according to the tenets of Islamic law (Shari’ah).
“Our fair dealings with every section of the community earned us commendation, even from Kano state chapter and national body of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) at different occasions. These Christian leaders are a still alive today to attest to my claim. It may interest Wike to learn that Tala Ilo from Bayelsa state and Chris Chibuzor Azuka from Anambra state, (born-again Christians) were special advisers in my administration.
“Wike’s claim that Rivers is a Christian state is pathological lies. It suggests that not only are the people of Rivers state 100 percent Christians but Muslims and adherents of other religions from other parts of Nigeria cannot make Rivers state their home. It also insinuates that Rivers state operates a government, a constitution of its own, different from the Nigerian nation," he added.
He, however, stated that by implication, Wike does not recognise or protect the interests of people like Alabo Mujahid Dokubo Asari, Alhaji Isa Boaima, Alhaji Sani Okiri, Alhaji Ahmed Sani Pe, Alhaji Abdul’aziz Pepple, Alhaji Sulaiman Akani, Alhaji Ibrahim Orlu, Alhaji Musa Brown, Chief Hassan Douglas and Alhaji Mustapha Wakama who are all Muslims and productive citizens of Rivers state.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Wike described as unfortunate the trending information that his government demolished a mosque in Port Harcourt.
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