Alleged alcohol ban: Bago is not a religious extremist - former lawmaker Uwaku defends Niger governor

Alleged alcohol ban: Bago is not a religious extremist – former lawmaker Uwaku defends Niger governor


Former House of Representatives member Robinson Uwaku has dismissed claims of religious extremism following Governor Mohammed Bago's ban on alcohol in some parts of Niger State.

He described Bago as a liberal, non-extremist leader who embraces diversity.

The controversy arose from reports suggesting that the Niger State Liquor and Licensing Commission plans to implement a total alcohol ban in Suleja Local Government Area and surrounding areas by January 1, 2024. and includes additional allegations regarding the relocation of stores in the state capital, Minna.

The state government denied these allegations and clarified that the commission mentioned does not exist in Niger State.

Commenting on the situation, Mr. Uwaku described the governor's comprehensive approach, saying that Mr. Bago is an internationalist and nationalist who does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity or religion.

“I know that His Excellency Bago is a very devout Muslim who studies the Koran every day and prays fervently, but I must also add that I accompanied him to accept invitations at several churches. He is known by many for his knowledge of Bible verses and many Christian hymns and songs.

“For someone who has turned the entire Niger state into a construction site with multiple people-centric projects, alcohol prohibition is clearly not a priority for the government,” Uwaku asserted.

He affirmed Governor Bago's track record and stand on attracting foreign investment to the state, saying the governor's focus was on development and not on implementing the alcohol ban.

Source: dailypost.ng

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