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Nigeria: Controversy Trails Federal Captial Territory Minister’s N300 Million Bauchi Mosque

| June 23, 2012 More

The sinking of N300 million into the rebuilding of a popular mosque in Bauchi State by the current Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed, is generating tension in the state.

Although the minister, claims that the project has no political connotation, those opposed to the deployment of such funds into the project, accused Mohammed of using it as a bait for his alleged 2015 governorship ambition.

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, Alhaji B.B Dogo, says it was wrong for a public officer like Mohammed to plunge such amount of money into the renovation of mosque, questioning the source of the FCT minister’s wealth.

Dogo also accused the minister of doling out cars, Hajj seats and unspecified plots of land in Abuja to his cronies in order to curry their favour for the 2015 governorship election.

The PDP bigwig, who described the minister as the least performing, asked Mr. President to sack him and appoint a more competent one to fill the post in view of the strategic importance of the post to the nation.

But the minister has dismissed the allegations against himself, saying that the project is not meant to advance his political ambition in any way.

According to one of his associates, Alhaji Ali Garkuwa, the project being embarked upon by the FCT minister was purely for humanitarian purpose and nothing else.

Garkuwa said that neither the mosque project nor the distribution of cars and Hajj seats had any political bearing.

Category: Bauchi State News

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