May 20, 2024

The Mangu Concerned Muslim Consultative Forum (MCMCF) in the Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State has expressed deep concern over the conversion of their demolished Juma’at Mosque in the Bungha Dawo area into a market.

Daily Trust reported how the ethno-religious crisis had led to the destruction of mosques and churches in Mangu in January 2024.

The Muslim group, in a statement by its chairman, Mahmuda Jafaru, strongly condemned this act and stated that they had informed the chairman of the LGA, Markus Artu, about the situation but have not seen any action taken yet.

Jafaru described the conversion of their mosque into a market as a severe violation of religious freedom.

He emphasised that such actions not only disrespect the sanctity of religious spaces but also disrupt the peaceful coexistence of the Muslim communities in the area.

The group contrasted this situation with the protection afforded to churches in Muslim-dominated areas, citing an incident where vandals at the Gangaran Kwata church were apprehended and handed over to security personnel.

Despite attempts by our correspondent to reach out to Markus Artu, the Chairman of the Mangu LGA, for comment on the complaint lodged with him, there has been no response as of press time.

 

Daily Trust

 

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