Mosque demolition: Shari’ah Council asks Wike to compensate Muslims

FOLLOWING alleged demolition of a mosque by Rivers State Governor, Nyeson Wike, in Trans-Amadi area of Port Harcourt, the State capital, the Supreme Council for Shari’ah in Nigeria (SCSN) has asked Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike to compensate and rebuild the mosque his government demolished in Trans-Amadi area of Port Harcourt, the state capital.

The council said doing this will allow peace to reign.

Addressing reporters yesterday in Kaduna, the council’s Secretary General Nafiu Baba-Ahmad said the compensation would douse likely religious and political tension across the country.

Baba-Ahmad expressed disappointment about what he called “the complicit silence of Muslim leaders, Muslim representatives in the Senate and House of Representatives, Muslim governors – except Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and the Federal Government – over the issue”.

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The council secretary also appealed to the executive and legislative arms of government to call Wike to order to avoid reprisals from “irresponsible quarters”.

He also urged Muslims not to take the law into their hands over the governor’s action because “Islam is a religion of peace; it does not promote violence or disunity among the people”.

Baba-Ahmad added: “While we condemn Governor Wike’s desperate wickedness, we also call on all relevant executive and legislative organs of the Federal Government to wake up to their responsibilities and nip this unnecessary and wholesome development (in the bud) before it escalates into an avoidable reciprocation, with obvious unpredictable negative consequences.

“All that needs to be said on the issue relating to the purchase price, title to the land, building/planning approvals and court actions have been explained earlier in statements and conferences by other responsible Muslims and Islamic organisations.”

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