By Suzan Edeh
BAUCHI— Contrary to allegation making the rounds that the project for the renovation of the Gwallaga Juma’at Mosque, Bauchi, embarked upon by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Senator Bala Muhammad, was for political purposes, a Bauchi-based political group, Democracy and Good Governance Forum, has said that the N300 million project is a pure philanthropic gesture by the minister.
It also debunked the speculation in some quarters that the multi-million naira project and the minister’s recent distribution of cars and hajj seats to selected individuals were aimed at canvassing support for his purported governorship ambition in the state come 2015.
Speaking to newsmen, weekend, state chairman of the group, Alhaji Suleiman Foster, wondered why people view the minister’s humanitarian gestures from political perspective, adding that Muhammad has not yet declared interest in the 2015 governorship election in the state.
He claimed that the minister has, since his emergence as the minister of FCT, been empowering the people in the state and Abuja, even as he called on the general public to ignore any such insinuations against the FCT Minister from the he described as ‘detractors’.