Friday Mosque reopens after seven years as Governor intervenes

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Governor Dauda Lawal of Zamfara State has resolved a seven-year dispute that led to the closure of one of the largest Juma’at mosques in Moriki town, Zurmi Local government.

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The Juma’at mosque had been closed for over seven years due to a dispute between two factions in the community.

A statement by the governor’s spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, said the intervention was necessary to address the disunity issue among the people.

According to him, “Yesterday, the Zamfara State Government, under the leadership of Governor Dauda Lawal, resolved the seven-year dispute that resulted in the closure of one of the largest Friday Mosques in Moriki town, Zurmi local government.

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“The Zamfara State government deemed it necessary to intervene and take measures to mitigate any factors contributing to disunity among the people.

“Governor Lawal directed the Ministry of Religious Affairs to construct a new mosque for the other party in the dispute. The new mosque is expected to be completed in three months.

“Both parties have agreed to comply with the terms of the government’s agreement.

The Friday prayer was yesterday led by Sheikh Abbas Moriki, whose sermon centred around unity among people.

In his remark, the Emir of Moriki, Bashar Isma’ila Muhammad, extended his gratitude to God for witnessing the reopening. He also commended the state government for its timely intervention in resolving the dispute.

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