By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has called on traditional and community leaders across the state to be security conscious and vigilant against undesirable elements that subvert their communities.
He recalled that recently the state government had to use fighter aircrafts to dispel some mercenaries at the Lame/Bura forest of the state who pose security threats to communities in the area.
Addressing traditional and community leaders while inspecting the rehabilitated Governor palace of Jema’a District Head at Nabordo Village in Toro Local Government Area of the state in continuation of projects inspection tour over the weekend, the Governor counseled people to be extra-vigilant to fish out bad eggs in their respective communities.
Senator Bala Mohammed noted that though Bauchi is enjoying relative peace and was the most peaceful state in the sub-region that serves as sanctuary, community leaders must not rest on their paddles by protecting their citizens from aliens who sneak into the communities with doubtful motives.
The Governor therefore urged both the leaders and their subjects to report any suspicious movement of undesirable elements in their respective domains to relevant security agencies for prompt action.
“Remember security is everybody’s business. Yes, we have relative peace, but I’m still calling on our traditional rulers and all the leaders across the length and breadth of our social strata to open their eyes, people are coming from everywhere. They have the right to come, but we have the right to protect ourselves too”.
He added, “Let us be very vigilant, let us not allow insecurity to divide us. We have to work very hard because there are some aliens that are coming and abducting our people and doing all sorts of nefarious activities. We should not allow them to do it, Government does not have the enough resources and manpower to police everywhere, but you can do it”.
The State Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Hon. Abdil’razaz Nuhu Zaki has earlier said that the state government awarded contract for reconstruction of the Jema’a district head palace at the sum of N70 million.
Zaki lauded the administration of Governor Bala Mohammed for executing laudable projects being tailored to meet the needs and aspirations of the people, and called on them to continue to support the government to enable it succeed in living up to its expectations.