Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Kayode Fayemi, has shown support for Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike over the alleged demolition of a mosque in Port Harcourt.
Fayemi who visited the site on Sunday said he could not find any evidence to prove that the mosque at Biambo Street, off School Road, Rainbow Estate, Obio/Akpor local government area of Rivers state was demolished by the governor as widely reported.
“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.
“From what I’ve seen here, I think it is a storm in a tea Cup. There is nothing to warrant this kind of media hype that has been given to it,” Fayemi said.
He said there is absolutely nothing that should have stirred such report or media hype against Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state.
Leading Fayemi round the disputed land, Wike said: “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.”
Also appreciating Fayemi’s leadership role in investigating the matter, Wike said he could not have ordered the ministry of urban development to demolish any mosque as reported.
“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,” Governor Wike said.