Kaduna — Community members of Jaba Local Government Area and not the Kaduna state government have begun reconstruction of Kwoi Juma'at mosque destroyed during the 2011 election crisis.
Media reports earlier suggested that the state government was to reconstruct 24 mosques in the area at the cost of N100 million.
However, in a telephone interview with our correspondent yesterday, the Jaba LG Chairman, Jama'atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Alhaji Musa Zubairu confirmed that the reconstruction of the 24 mosques was an initiative of the community and not the state government.
"During the 2011 election crisis 24 mosques where destroyed in Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna state, we have built two Mosques and also started reconstruction of the Kwoi Juma'at Mosque because we felt, since people have started returning to the area, we should try and reconstruct some of the mosques while we solicit for support from the state government and well meaning Nigerians on the reconstruction of the rest.
"As I speak to you know, today (yesterday) is Friday and Muslims in the area cannot pray in a Juma'at Mosque because we have none, that is why we decided to set up a committee and gave a rough estimate of N100 million for the reconstruction of the 24 Mosques.
"We never said the state government was reconstructing the Mosques, all we did was to appeal for help by cash or kind from them and other Nigeria's to rebuilt the Mosques," he said.