Fayemi Throws Weight Behind Wike Over Mosque Demolition Altercation

The governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has thrown his weight behind Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State over the alleged demolition of a mosque in Port Harcourt.

The chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum on Sunday after visiting the site in the dispute said he could not see any evidence that Wike demolished any mosque in the city.

Fayemi stated following the inspection, “With what I’ve seen, I cannot see any evidence of any building that has been demolished here.

“If you (Wike) are somebody who wants a place of worship, you should find a way to oblige them. I know within your capacity, it’ll be possible to find a place for them.

“From what I’ve seen here, I think it is a storm in a teacup. There is nothing to warrant this kind of media hype that has been given to it,” Fayemi said.

Wike, who conducted Fayemi around the disputed site, stated: “I want to thank the chairman of my forum for at least coming to see things for himself. He called me while he was away and I told him, you know
that I can’t do something like that and he said okay when he comes back, he is coming to see me and he has fulfilled that promise.

“That shows leadership, and from what he has seen, there was no mosque. There is no way I’ll see a mosque and order the Ministry of Urban Development to go and demolish a mosque.

“Assuming that there is even a mosque and that government doesn’t want it at that location, we’ll invite them and say look, we don’t want a mosque there, can we find you an alternative place?

“But there was no mosque. I don’t know why people should make politics out of the issue. It’s not important,” Wike explained.

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