The Governor of Rivers, Nyesome Wike has stressed that he never demolished any Mosque in Port Harcourt as is being carried in many social media across the country, creating religious tension.
Governor Wike was said to have made the statement yesterday, September 8 while showing the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi the site of the mosque he allegedly demolished in Port Harcourt.
A statement by NGF’s Head of Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo in Abuja, said that Fayemi was in Port-Harcourt to verify the true situation about the issue.
Wike claimed that there was no mosque at the site, but a sewage line, explaining: “I have nothing against Islam or any faith for that matter.
“As you can see, there was never a mosque on this ground instead it is a sewage site which has been in contention between the state government and some groups because they want to develop on prohibited land.”
Wike expressed appreciation to the NGF Chairman, who was accompanied by the Director-General of the Forum, Asishana Okauru, for taking the time to visit and verify the truth about the situation.
He also commended Fayemi’s leadership style which he described as exemplary, noting that he did not join those who rushed to judgment on the matter.
According to the NGF statement, “those who yelled about the demolition were being plain mischievous. There was nothing there to show that a mosque ever existed on the site.”