RELIGIOUS TENSION LOOMS IN EKITI, AS FAYOSE ORDERS DEMOLITION OF MOSQUE IN FILLING STATION

Trail Reporters

There is an uncertainty in Ado – Ekiti, the state capital of Ekiti, as the state Governor, Ayodele Fayose has issued an order for a demolition of a mosque built in a filling station, in the state.

Trail Reporters gathered that, Alhaji Akinbami, the owner of this mosque is the immediate past secretary and now chairman of PEDAN in Ekiti.

Sources said, he has been a very vocal man since inception of the faceoff between Gov. Fayose and petrol marketers in Ekiti.

Akinbami we learnt, has three filling stations in Ado Ekiti alone. The 4th under construction.
All the 4 mosques solely built by him for worshipers has been marked for demolition.

A letter obtained by Trail Reporters, was served to that effect yesterday with 72hours ultimatum.

One of our sources said, “the Adebayo Mosque you see here is the smallest of all Akinbami’s Mosque in Ado Ekiti.

I have travelled across Nigeria, (North, South, East and West), It’s very rare of any filling station owned by a Muslim you see without a mosque. (Even in the east) Why would Ekiti now be different?

The advisers of my Governor should kindly advise him and call him back to order.

This is the closest mosque to my house at Adebayo where I used to observe my prayers including Jumat prayers anytime am in Ekiti.”

Fayose we also gathered, had personally supervised the demolition of filing stations across Ado Ekiti on the basis of being wrongly built where it ought not to be constructed.

Fayose we findings showed, had premised his actions on safety.

A resident in Ado – Ekiti, who spoke with our Reporter, said, it is obvious, the demolition has some political undertone.

We also gathered that, the Governor supervised the demolition of a filling station, along Adebayo-Iworoko road in the state.

Another Resident queried why a filling station not illegally constructed or marked for demolition, but the mosque inside should be demolished.

Some muslims have expressed disappointment with the Governor’s action and has warned Fayose not to dabble into religious fight he won’t finish.

Efforts to speak with the Governor’s media aide, Lere Olayinka were unsuccessful as at the time of this report.

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