The Ilaro Muslim community had condemned the out-going Governor of Ogun state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun for demolishing there mosques without adequate compensation paid to them.
Speaking with StarTrend Int’l magazine & www.startrendinternational.com, in Ilaro, headquarters of Ogun West, some members of the community who pleaded anonymity while expressing their disappointment, said that the Governor under the disguise of road expansion ordered the demolition of over five mosques which include Ilaro Central Mosque, a praying house built over 100years ago.
According to a member of the community, “Ilaro Central Mosque is where I always observe my Jumat Service every Friday. Before the partial demolition, we observed our Jumat Service with ease and comfort, but since the mosque had been greatly demolished, the few space can no longer accomondate the congregation. We now observe our every Friday Jumat Service under the hot sun, and if it rains, we have no choice than to observe it in the rain.
“Our expectation was that Governor Amosun who is also a devoit Muslim that ordered the partial demolition of our central mosque would help to reconstruct another one or pay us adequate compensation that would enable us to rebuild or re-expand the mosque in a way that sun and rain will not beat us again whenever we are observing Jumat prayer, but all our hope is winning, since his days as the Executive Governor of the State will be soon over”.
Another member of the Muslim community also expressed shock that the Governor Amosun being a Muslim should not have demolished those mosques without adequate compensation, saying the Central Mosque and other four mosques are where our fore-fathers used to pray and bequeathed to us.”
He said; “The outgoing Governor Amosun has done the worse. He should not have demolished our mosques without adequate compensation. Funny enough, he is a Muslim whom I believed should know the consequence of what he has done – destroying places of worship to Almighty Allah”.
However, many others whom their houses and shops were demolished in the name of road expansion by the outgoing Governor lamented that they were not compensated.
Fielding questions from StarTrend Int’l magazine & www.startrendinternational.com, the very aggrieved victims said apart from losing their ancesttra place of birth, “we’re present going through difficulties and agonies as hundreds of us now have no home we could call our own, but now squart around.”
Against this backdrop, all efforts to speak with the stakeholders in the ancient town prove abortive; as they are they parry questions thrown at them.