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Sultan commissions Maiduguri Central Mosque 33 years after


Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III

The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III on Friday commissioned the Maiduguri Central Mosque (MCM), completed by Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima, 33 years after the mosque project commenced.

Addressing a crowd of Muslims, Abubakar said: “Borno is lucky to have Shettima, especially at challenging times, because he has proved more than capable of weathering Boko Haram insurgency storm.

The mosque was designed as an Islamic resource centre with 10 classrooms, two libraries, one of which is electronic, media centre and other offices.

It was originally built in 1918 around the Shehu’s palace in Maiduguri, before it was demolished in 1986 to build a bigger one to accommodate growing number of worshippers.

Despite several efforts by successive government and contributions by prominent citizens, the multi-million naira mosque project was stalled until Shettima came in 2012, when his administration approved an accelerated completion to meet the May 29, 2019 deadline.

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