Asari Dokubo, a former militant leader from the Niger Delta, described river state governor Nyesom Wike as a liar after refusing to demolish a mosque in Port Harcourt.
He claimed that Wike and the transport minister, Rotimi Amaechi, had so far indicated the mosque for demolition.
Wike was accused of ordering the demolition of a mosque in Port Harcourt, the capital of the state of the rivers.
However, the governor denied the accusation raised by the interest in Muslim rights, MURIC, stating that at the time of the authorization there was no building on the site.
In reaction to Wike’s denial, Asari warned the governor that Islam was bigger than he, despite demolishing the aforementioned mosque.
In a Facebook video, Asari said there was nothing that Wike could do to prevent Muslims from practicing their religion.
He explained that he and his family worshiped in the Trans-Amadi mosque in Port Harcourt and that the property had been legally acquired.
According to Asari: “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.
“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.
”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 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 to you?
“Rivers State people 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 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.”