As the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike has declared that he is not against Islam.
On a courtesy visit on Wednesday, Wike made these remarks to members of the Abuja National Mosque Management Committee, who were accompanied by the committee’s chairman, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, the Etsu of Nupe.
The minister refuted rumours that his administration in Abuja was pushing laws that go against the beliefs of the Islamic faith.
He said those trying to whip religious sentiment were mischievously doing so in order to score some cheap political points.
Wike noted that he has no reason to instigate hate speech against any religious groups but to support any that has a genuine cause.
He assured that FCT would not hesitate to support the maintenance of the National Mosque, or the National Ecumenical Centre, having been declared as a national monument.
The minister also urged religious authorities to promote peaceful cohabitation and national unity.
No administration will be reluctant to finance the upkeep of a National Monument, whether it is for a Muslim or Christian site, according to Wike.
The Etsu Nupe said that the National Mosque’s upkeep project has been on hold for some time and requested the Minister to back it in his remarks.
The clergyman begged the Minister to give the Committee additional time to develop the land that FCTA had allotted it.