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Africa News of Friday, 21 May 2021


Photo: Nigeria's historic 129-year-old mosque still stands in Lagos

• The Lagos State government recently posted a photo of one of Nigeria's oldest mosques

• The Shitta-Bey mosque was built in 1892 is located in Lagos

• The building is currently classified a national monument

A photo of one of the oldest mosques in Nigeria, Shitta-Bey Mosque located in the commercial capital of Lagos, has caused a stir on social media.

The picture which was recently shared by the official Twitter page of the state government has since received several comments with some commending the strength of the building.

Others are expressing doubts over when the structure was built but according to the post, the mosque was built in 1892 and is one of the oldest mosques in Nigeria.

The mosque was designated as a national monument by the Nigerian Commission for Museums and Monuments in the year 2013.

It was founded by Sierra Leonean-born Nigerian, Mohammed Shitta and has been considered one of Nigeria's most important historical infrastructures.

Below are some reactions:

@Wale_Bello said: "This mosque still appears structurally strong after over 128 years. One wonders why modern structures don't stand this test of time."

@aabitaj70 wrote: "Corruption."

@coolMuhman said: So Islam was introduced into Nigeria in 1892? Haba you don't rate us at all? In the North Islam was introduced more than 500yrs before the building of this mosque so how can it be the oldest?

Responding to @coolMuhman, @phemnahs commented: "Maybe you should calm down and read the tweet again. This time, slowly!!!"