You Need War- Shekarau Attacks Wike For Mosque Demolition In Rivers

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Former Kano State Governor and present Senator Representing Kano Central Senatorial District, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau has criticized Rivers State Governor, Nwesom Wike, for supposedly demolishing Mosque in the state, calling the action barbarous and utterly reprehensible.

Shekarau said in a statement he personally signed on Friday that ā€œall rationale and conscious citizens of this great country, Nigeria should join in condemning the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike for recklessly demolishing the Rainbow Town Central Mosque located at the Trans-Amadi Area of Port Harcourt, and for irresponsibly declaring Rivers State a ā€œChristian State,ā€ and claiming to owe no apology to anyone.ā€

He said, ā€œMuslims 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.ā€

ā€œIf a Muslim Governor were to come out openly and declare his state a ā€œMuslim Stateā€ 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 ā€œinternational communityā€ and even the United Nations seeking protection against Muslims,ā€ Shekarau worried.

ā€œThe action of Governor Wike is a pointer to his being induced by other than rationale brain waves, as no leader in his right senses would contemplate stoking these embers of discord in a country so religiously, ethnically and regionally charged as Nigeria.ā€

ā€œWe 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 jeopardized 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 Wikeā€™s action.ā€

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The former Governor added, ā€œNigeria belongs to all, and no state in Nigeria could claim to be mono religious. It only takes a responsible leadership to carry everybody along. When I held sway as governor of Kano State between 2003 and 2011, we encouraged and guided the people to lead their lives according to the tenets of Islamic Law (Shariā€™ah).ā€

ā€ But we neither became power-drunk to demolish Churches nor disregarded the provisions of section 10 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to declare Kano an Islamic State.ā€

ā€œOur 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.ā€

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Shekarau further reminded that, ā€œthese Christian leaders are a still alive today to attest to my claim. It may interest Wike to learn that Mr. Tala Ilo from Bayelsa State and Mr. Chris Chibuzor Azuka from Anambra State, (both, born-again Christians) were special advisers in my administration.ā€

ā€œWikeā€™s claim that Rivers is a Christian State is pathological lies, It suggests that not only are the people of Rivers State 100% Christians, but Muslims and adherents of other religions from other parts of Nigeria cannot make Rivers State their home.ā€

ā€ It also insinuates that Rivers State operates a government, a constitution of its own, different from the Nigerian Nation.ā€

HeĀ stated,Ā “ItĀ impliesĀ thatĀ theĀ StateĀ ofĀ theĀ RiversĀ doesĀ notĀ acknowledgeĀ orĀ defendĀ theĀ interestsĀ ofĀ individualsĀ likeĀ AlaboĀ MujahidĀ DokuboĀ Asari,Ā AlhajiĀ IsaĀ Boaima,Ā AlhajiĀ SaniĀ Okiri,Ā AlhajiĀ AhmedĀ SaniĀ Pe,Ā AlhajiĀ Abdul’azizĀ Pepple,Ā AlhajiĀ SulaimanĀ Akani,Ā AlhajiĀ IbrahimĀ Orlu,Ā AlhajiĀ MusaĀ Brown,Ā ChiefĀ HassanĀ DouglasĀ andĀ AlhajiĀ MustaphaĀ WakamaĀ whoĀ areĀ allĀ MuslimsĀ andĀ productiveĀ citizensĀ ofĀ theĀ StateĀ ofĀ theĀ Rivers.”

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