From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
His Eminence, Muhammed Sa’ad Abubakar III, Sultan of Sokoto and Head of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs
An ultra modern Central Mosque constructed in Anyigba, Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State, as part of community service by former Governor of the State and industrialist, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris will be dedicated and opened to use on Saturday, 10th April.
A statement from the media office of the former Governor and newly turbaned Jakardan Sokoto, indicates that the commissioning ceremony will be performed by His Eminence, Muhammed Sa’ad Abubakar III, Sultan of Sokoto and Head of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs. The programme will take off at 10.00 am.
The mosque is an initiative of the elders statesman, who turned 72 on Tuesday, April 6, and was single-handedly sponsored by him. Located on a choice 1.3 hectare of land in the heart of the town, the facility contains a 1,800 seater capacity auditorium, offices, 30 male and 50 female toilets and a school.
Idris started building worship centers like mosques and churches nearly two decades ago long before he became governor of the state. He has successfully executed similar initiatives in Idah, Ejule and Abejukolo all in Kogi East and called on other privileged persons to imbibe the virtue of giving back to God and the society, irrespective of their religion
Giving an insight into why he is involved in charity and community development projects, Idris explained his involvement was not because he had too much money but his own modest way of showing appreciation to God for his love and countless blessings.
“God has been good to me all through my life. I know I cannot pay him for his superlative mercies to me. I am grateful for what God has done for me. In fact, God loves me so much that I believe he loves me more than everybody. I’m not saying he does not love others, but I know he loves me more.I feel there is no better way of thanking him than to provide a place where others can come and worship him.” He said.
He listed some evidences of God’s love to include the miraculous survival of three of his children in a 2006 plane crash that claimed many lives, his narrow escapes from many serious accidents, and his business and political successes. “In fact, if I have to start counting God’s blessings and love for me, there will be no space to contain them.”