…Sultan commissions Friday
Residents of Maiduguri, Borno State particularly along the expansive Dandal Way leading to the Shehu of Borno Palace are in a joyous mood as the Central Mosque has been completed after 33 years and billed to be commissioned on Friday.
The largest in the state, the Mosque was remodeled and completed by Governor of Kashim Shettima’s administration.
The Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai Al-Amin Elkanemi in an announcement, said the mosque will be commissioned by the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III.
Governor Shettima, whose administration had rebuilt churches, once explained during an assessment visit to the Central Mosque, that “government is about addressing peculiar needs of every society and to Borno people, meeting religious needs is as important to them as providing other basic needs, hence his involvement in building places of worship in areas where such projects seem beyond citizens.”
According to history books, Borno was the earliest to institutionalise Islam in Nigeria, more than 500 years before the 1804 jihad of Uthman Dan fodio.
Borno has been a gateway to Islamic scholarship in Nigeria.
The Maiduguri Central Mosque was first built in 1918 before it was demolished in 1986 for the purpose of expansion and remodeling. Wealthy citizens and successive governments had tried to complete the mosque but the project was stalled until it was restarted by Governor Shettima about three years ago and completed late 2018.
The Central mosque, renowned to be amongst the most beautiful and expansive in Nigeria is under the custody of the Shehu of Borno.
Besides the central mosque, five other Juma’at mosques spread across the state capital would also be commissioned on Friday.
Four other mosques to be commissioned same day, the statement added, included “Umar Bn Khatab Jum’a Mosque and Islamiyya school in Bulumkutu, Kalimari Jumma’a Mosque in Shehuri South, Mafoni Jumma’a mosque and the Abujan Talakawa Jumma’a mosque”.
Governor Shettima had clarified that another mosque located around Kasuwan Shanu in Maiduguri is amongst those to be commissioned.