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Bauchi State Govt. to support reconstruction of 170-year-old mosque – Gov. Yuguda

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BAUCHI – Bauchi State Government says it will support the reconstruction of the 170-year-old Bauchi ancient Mosque situated at the residence of Galadima of Bauchi, Alhaji Saidu Jahun.
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Gov. Isa Yuguda made the pledge on Saturday in Bauchi during the foundation laying ceremony of the project.
He assured that the state government would support the project’s committee for the reconstruction of the mosque, considering its significance to the Muslim worshippers in the area.
Yuguda, who was represented by the Commissioner for Religious Affairs and Community Relations, Alhaji Salisu Barau, made a
personal donation of N5 million and pledged an unsdisclosed amount on behalf of the state government towards the completion of the project.
He urged religious leaders to enlighten the people on the need for peaceful co-existence, adding that peace was the bedrock of
any meaningful development.
The governor commended the foresight of the Galadima of Bauchi for initiating the project for the benefit of worshippers in the area.
In his remarks, the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Adamu, said the decision to reconstruct the mosque was informed by its deplorable condition, adding that the mosque ”leaks when it rains”.
Adamu, who was represented by the Galadima, said that the mosque, when fully reconstructed, would be used by Muslims in the area for the observance of their weekly Friday prayer.
On his part, the Chief Iman of Gwallaga Mosque in Bauchi metropolis, Sheikh Ibrahim Idris, said the project would cost over N30 million.
Idris said that the committee had so far generated over N7 million from donations and called on Muslims in the state to donate generously towards the successful execution of the project.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the 170-year-old mosque was the oldest in the emirate as it was built during the reign of the ancient emir of Bauchi, then known as Sarki Yakubu. (NAN)

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