From Raji Bello, Sokoto
Sokoto state governor, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko has promised to rehabilitate the only Mosque in Umuofor Community in Oguta local government of Imo state.
The governor made the promise when he visited the Palace of Eze Abdul- Fatai Chima, the Emetumah Duru III of Umuofor Kingdom of Oguta local government of Imo state, as part of his 3-day official visit in the state.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Special Assistant to Wamakko on Information, Communication and Technology (ICT), Alhaji Aminu Abdullah, a copy made available to Peoples Daily in Sokoto. He said Wamakko also promised to solicit the support of Governor Rochas Okorocha, to upgrade the only Primary health centre in the kingdom.
“I read about the kingdom in one of the Nigerian newspapers and developed passion to visit the place and see how I could be of help. I am happy about the way and manner the monarch stirs the leadership of both Muslims and Christians in the Igbo kingdom,” he added.
Wamakko, however, acknowledged the rapid development of Islam in the region and promised to assist in rehabilitating the only Mosque in the kingdom which was established by the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero in 1982.
In his response, Eze Abdul- Fatai showed his profound gratitude to the governor, saying “Governors with this type of attitude are rare and I am happy that a brother from another land visited his brother. As traditional rulers, we are looking for a possible way to abolish the Indigene and non- Indigene dichotomy still in existence around the country.
“The Hausas, Igbos and Yorubas share so many words and culture. Hence, there is no need to differentiate where one lives,” the Monarch was quoted as adding. He promised to continue living happily with other Christians in his kingdom and thanked Wamakko for the visit.
The governor was accompanied on the visit by Allhaji Buda Amanawa, House leader in the state assembly, the, chairman of Wamakko Local government council, Ahmed Kalambaina and the District Head of Gidan Buba, Alhaji Muhammad Gidado, among others.