All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the November 16 gubernatorial election in Anambra State,
Senator Chris Ngige, has been accused of receiving a large sum of money for his campaigns on the condition that he would build a magnificent mosque in Awka as part of efforts to promote Islam in Anambra if he wins the election.
“In fulfilment of this agreement, Senator Ngige is expected to build a mosque in the sparsely populated Agu Awka area, in the outskirts of Awka, the Anambra State capital, within one year of assuming office,” a New York, US-based Professor of Medicine currently on a visit home said in Awka over the weekend.
The source, who is also a prominent leader of the Igbo community in the east coast of USA, described the money involved as running into billions of naira, from some Muslim Arabs desperate to see Islam gain a foothold in Igbo land. He alleged that the agreement was brokered and signed with the knowledge of the leadership of Ngige’s party, APC, saying this is not surprising because “APC looks very much like a Muslim party as everyone from its Chairman, Chief Abdulkareem Bisi Akande, to its Northern and Southern Leaders, General Muhammadu Buhari and Bola Ahmed Tinubu, respectively are Muslims. APC’s National Secretary, Deputy National Secretary, National Publicity Secretary, National Youth Leader, National Legal Adviser, National Women Leader, National Financial Secretary, National Treasurer, National Auditor and two Ex-Officio members are all Muslims.”
Continuing, the Professor of Medicine, who pleaded anonymity, said: “We have a saying that Anambra bu isi Igbo (Anambra is the leader of the Igbo race). So, their calculation is that once they subdue Anambra, the rest of Igboland will be a piece of cake. That way, they would be fulfilling Uthman Dan Fodio’s 19th Century plan of dipping the Koran in the Atlantic which translates to a comprehensive Islamisation of Southern Nigeria.”
He said he was not surprised that Senator Nigige would accept such a condition for funding because “he desperately wants power and is ready to do anything for power including a negotiation with the devil himself if that is what it takes. It is well known that he can turn his back firmly on the agitations of his people in order to gain access to power. He did it when he sealed a pact with Chris Ubah before a deity in Okija. He did it again when he defended Fashola’s deportation of his brothers in exchange for power. He also turned deaf ears to all the complaints from Onitsha people and their Obi and went on to violate their Ofala Day recently.”