The governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje has vowed to sue his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike over the alleged demolition of the Rainbow Town Central Mosque in Trans-Amadi Area, Port Harcourt, the state capital.
In a statement signed by Ganduje’s Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, the governor described the incident as a sad story and promised to take all necessary lawful action against Wike and the Rivers State government.
The threat to sue Wike came barely 24 hours after a former Governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekerau, lambasted Wike for the demolition of the Mosque, describing it as unacceptable.
Ganduje said the Mosque demolition in Rivers as “shocking and promised that necessary lawful action must be taken over the happening.”
According to the statement, Ganduje said he would institute “legal action against this demolition of the Mosque as well contest it with appropriate authorities for redress.”
Part of the statement reads:
“We received this information with high degree of shock. And I am assuring the general public that all necessary action against this demolition will be taken through appropriate authorities.
As government, we have started touching appropriate quarters against the demolition. Kano State is known for peaceful coexistence between Muslims and Christians; we should, therefore, improve on that and remain calm and peaceful. People should live peacefully with one another.”
The reported Mosque demolition came when the Rivers State government demolished some structures deemed illegal in the Rainbow Town area of the state.
But Gov. has continued to describe the story as false and planted by mischief makers to create disaffection.
Addressing journalists at the location of the said Mosque, Wike had said there was no Mosque hence nothing was demolished.
“I received calls from several prominent Nigerians on the news being circulated online. It is most unfortunate that fickle-minded persons will claim that a Mosque was demolished at this place, when no Mosque existed here. The story was concocted by mischief makers to score cheap points.
The truth is that people came here to erect illegal structures. There was no approval from the state government for any structure to be erected here. The persons who started the foundation had already dragged the state government to court on the disputed land.
The Rivers State Government won the case. What they attempted to do was to start the illegal construction to tie the hands of the state government.”
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