Wike Lied About The Demolition Of Mosque, Says Asari
The leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Salvation Force (NDPSF) has accused the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike of lying about the demolition of a mosque at Trans-Amadi in Port Harcourt.
Asari said in a video that he and his family worship at the mosque, adding that the property was legally acquired.
Governor Wike had argued that there was no building on the site at the time of the clearing exercise that purportedly led to the demolition
Wike said, “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.”
Reacting, Asari said Wike lied and queried why there was a demolition if there was no building (mosque) at the site.
He also said many of the Muslims in Rivers are worshippers at the trans-Amadi Mosque congregation.
”I have been down for eight days which makes it difficult for me to talk on the issues that are trending now; one of the issues is concerning the dastardly act carried out by the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, in demolishing my mosque,” he said.
”I am a member of the congregation of the Trans-Amadi central mosque. That is where I pray with my family. I, alone, have 21 children and I live with 59 other children. They are on holiday. The bulk of them pray. Fortunately, they are in my village, Ogbama with me.
”The debate continues to drag on. Wike claiming there was no mosque; I will say that is a lie. He is lying. And you know, Wike you are lying. if there is no mosque why did you go there? We legally acquired the land for the mosque like other groups there. we acquired it from Dr Sotonye Amadi; a Christian group acquired part of that land and they have built their churches, why did you and your brother, Rotimi Amaechi single out our mosque to demolish and to prevent us from the building?
”The person who acquired the land for the mosque is an Ijaw man, an Okrika, Ijaw man. This land was acquired legally. Why is this mosque a problem for you?
”Rivers state members are active members of that mosque. What offence have we committed against our motherland that you will dictate to us what religion to follow. There are some of you that are Ogboni members; has Ogboni any relationship with Rivers state? you used our money to build a Christian interdenominational centre.
”There is nothing you can do to stop us from being Muslims. You take our money to sponsor Tambuwal. You say you are the governor of all Rivers people; you should examine yourself. You take on weak opponents, but bow before the enemy.
”We are Rivers Muslims. There is nothing you can do about it. You will look at us and get a heart attack. In the next three years, you will be out of the government house.
”And people are praising you because you said Rivers state is a Christian state. It will never be a Christian state. You, not even a Christian. I don”t now which of you is a Christian.
”Islam is bigger than you.”
Many Muslims, including a former governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekaura had reacted to the incident.
Shekarau wrote an open letter to Governor Wike of truncating democracy with his action.