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Monday, September 2, 2019

GOV WIKE REPLIES SHEKARAU FOR MOSQUE DEMOLITION IN RIVERS STATE



The Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike replied the former governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau for allegedly demolished the Rainbow Town mosque in Trans-Amadi area of Port-Harcourt, the capital city of Rivers State. 

Shekarau condemned the action of Governor for demolishing the mosque and wonder why he should take such action in a country like Nigeria. 

He was disturbed on how Governor Wike will declare the Rivers as a complete Christian State. 

Governor Nyesom Wike reacted by noting how Shekarau introduced Sharia law in Kano State and made it official Muslim State when he was the governor of Kano State during the Ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo's administration and he was not stop from doing that. 

He added that during Shekarau's regime, he ordered for demolition of Christ the King Catholic Church. However, he said that 98 percent of indigenous of Rivers are Christians that he will continue to promote religious freedom and tolerance in Rivers State. 

Wike has this to say:
“In 2008, Kano State Government under the leadership of Ibrahim Shekarau demolished Christ the King Catholic Church.

“The Kano State Urban Planning Development Agency (KANUPDA) demolished the Church because the Church lacked Certificate of Occupancy. Shekarau’s Administration said the structure of the church at Na’ibawa in Kumbotso local government was removed, after serving them a notice, advising them to prove its legitimacy or removed the church.

“In November 2003, Shekarau sworn-in Hisbah, Zakkat, Sharia Commission Members to consolidate his declaration that Kano is a Muslim State. The establishments’ members were sworn-in at Sani Abacha Stadium after a bill was passed into law by the State House of Assembly for the creation of the establishments. These were agencies of Kano State that promoted one religion to the detriment of others.”  

“Those who refused to wear hijab under the leadership of Shekarau were asked to withdraw and leave Kano State. He burnt books believed not to promote the Islamic religion”.

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