Don’t Demolish the Only Mosques in Wuye District, Muslim Community begs FCT Minister

The Muslim Community in the Wuye District of Abuja has appealed to the Federal Government to rethink the planned demolition of the only two existing mosques serving the area.

At a media briefing in Abuja Sunday, Chairman of the Muslim Community in the District, Abdulrasheed Oyetunji, said officials of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) had sent a letter of notification on the impending demolition.

While acknowledging that the Minister of the FCT, Bala Muhammad, had actually approved a parcel of land for the community to build a mosque, he however, lamented that certain interests were still preventing the actualization of the project.


Mr. Oyetunji said: “The Honourable Minister of FCT, Senator Bala Muhammad generously approved allocation of land for the community but some interests are still contending that. We appeal to the Federal Government, especially through the FCT Minister to kindly suspend the planned demolition pending the resolution of issues hindering the building of the new mosques on the land approved for the project.

“As a Muslim Community, we have ensured peaceful coexistence in Wuye District through propagation of religious tolerance, mutual respect and also by sustaining mutual relationship with security agencies

“If the two mosques are demolished, we will have nowhere to pray as congregating outside the designated places of worship may create suspicion from security agencies especially in this volatile period.

Wuye Community

“We strongly appeal to the Hon Minister of FCT to kindly save our mosques that have been in existence for more than a decade from demolition. We also call on all good spirited individuals and groups to support the Muslim community with donation towards construction of a Central Mosque in the ever expanding district of Wuye.”


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  • Mai Gaskiya

    This is always the beginning of trouble in Nigeria. Why would some unscrupulous officials convert land officially allocated for a worship place be converted for other things? But am not surprised because even the Minister himself asked developers of the Malaysian Garden to give him 70 percent of the land as bribe.

    • Labarans

      The Minister of FCT must investigate the unscruplous elements converting places of worship for personal and commercial uses.

  • Labarans

    The muslims should contribute to the construction of the mosque on the land allocated by Minister of FCt

  • Mai Gaskiya

    This Minister in not in the habit of investigating anything because he is the kingpin of all the rouges operating in the territory with Jumoke Akinjide as the number one partner in crime. Go to Kubwa and see the state of roads in that town. These two individuals have cornered everything and that is why none of them is prepared to resign the appointments and return to their states to contest governorship elections.

  • peacebaba

    There is need to revisit this issue over again.. I cant imagine a whole area without a place of worship for muslim faithfuls.. The authority involves should please consider their plea pending necessary actions are taken..

  • Doughyean

    This is a very sensitive issue. the allegations that they have not been able to use the designated area should be investigated. Time should also be given to them to clear off that space s they can move into it before the oda sy=tructures are demolished

  • Yanuphawi

    Sincerely Speaking, Demolition of the two only Mosques in the quarters will throw Muslims there in hardship as they will be deprived of 5-times daily Congregational Prayers according to the Islamic dictates. The Minister and FCDA authority should rethink this and reverse the plan, demolition of the tow mosques will send negative messages to entire Nigerian Muslims.
    affluent Citizens should also come and assist kindly and financially to build new mosques at the allocated land.

  • Anike

    the FCT Minister should consider the argument of the community before going ahead with his decision

  • Hamza

    the community should make more effort towards ensuring the allocated land is also cleared of all obstructions to the take over of the land. involve necessary authorities apart from the FCT ministry, especially if the obstructions are external.

  • rakiya mansur

    well, if the minister actually approved the allocation earlier, why are they demolishing or revoking the allocation now, the record should be straight that allocation had been approved before and stick to it.

  • Somto

    they should be considerate, even if the buildings are to be demolished, one at a time, so they can make use of the other while their permanent site is being taken care of.

  • Opeyemi Olabode

    it is possible that someone at the top is interested in that particular piece of land, trust Nigerians and Ogas’ at the top, they will always want to get it done their own way, forgetting that they is judgement time. After acquiring a piece of land that is specifically for worship where do they want people to use as a worship center?

  • Ifeanyi Nwafor

    Mr. Minister, please give our Muslim brothers back their place of worship

  • omenka

    come to think of it, what is minister going to use that space for because i believe he know very well the space have been approved for that mosque to built. minister is fair

  • ahmed

    i believe the minister might have collected money from some people for that space, but this time around he will fail woefully

  • Felix

    The fact of the matter is that road constructions are going on in Wuye and the entrance gate to Finance Quarters in Wuye has already been pulled down, along with the walls to make room for the road construction. The road construction by Arab contractors have been at snail speed for about 5 years, and delaying further because of the mosques might not be the best decision for all and sundry as the roads in Wuye need to be worked on as a matter of urgency. Moving to a permanent site will be for the public good and the earlier the FCT admin settles the muslim community, the better as the Catholic and Anglican communities have already moved to their own permanent buildings which they constructed with their own funds.

  • Buhari the Sharia Virus

    FG should please demolish the Mosque without further consideration. Nigeria comes first before any Arab religion.

    • Troublesome

      Please stop all this rubbish and respect people’s belief. We all have right to religion in Nigeria Constitution. If you dont have something tangible to say, stop insulting islam!

      • Buhari the Sharia Virus

        Islammmmmmmmmmmmm is Terror!

  • olomola

    As for me, i want the pending issues be settled first, before considering any demolition, they should not trow the muslim faithfuls in to confusion

  • 100% correct. Nevertheless, let us go on. Where is our Creator in these times? He is insisting that the dominions of Satan, demons and Death will not prevail in His creation. He has a Testimony to that: There is Someone who has already overcome all those dominions. He did so as a “Suffering Servant”. Those who learn to follow Him will appropriate the same life, light and love