Rivers State Governor, Nyesome Wike on Sunday said he had nothing against Islam or any faith.
Wike spoke while showing the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, and Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi the site of the mosque he was alleged to have demolished in Port Harcourt.
NGF’s Head of Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo in a statement inbAbuja, explained that Fayemi was in Port-Hacourt to verify the truth of claims on the demolition which had created much tension between Gov. Wike and some Muslim groups.
Wike told the visiting leader of the governors that there was no mosque at the site, but a sewage line.
“I have nothing against Islam or any faith for that matter.
“As you can see there was never a mosque on this ground instead it is a sewage site which has been in contention between the state government and some groups because they want to develop on prohibited land, he was quoted as saying.
The statement noted that Wike thanked the NGF Chairman, who was accompanied by the Director General of the Forum, Mr. Asishana Okauru, for taking time to visit and verify the truth about the situation.
He also commended Fayemi’s leadership style which he described as exemplary, noting that he did not join those who rushed to judgement on the matter.
The statement further quoted Wike as saying: “those who yelled about the demolition were being plain mischievous.
“There was nothing there to show that a mosque ever existed on the site.”