Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has thrown his weight behind
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, 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,”
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.