By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Governor Bala Mohammed has said that the state government in collaboration with Bauchi Police Command would set up a security unit that could fish out obnoxious people in the state.
The Governor was speaking while receiving a six-year old Jama’are girl, Hauwa’u who was on 30th December, 2020 had her female genital cut-off by some persons suspected to be ritualists.
It could be recalled that the Governor following the incident visited Jama’are where they went one of those houses doing such obnoxious things of cultism and decisively according to the law dealt with occupants of the house.
He assured that operatives of the new security unit would go after the cultists anywhere in the state with a view to apprehending them and prosecute before the law courts.
Senator Bala Mohammed further assured that he would not rest on his oath until the Bauchi society is safe for all, saying “All the black joints in the state are under watch, they are known by the security agencies”.
The Governor contented, “I want to assure the people of Bauchi state that security is our major concern, and that we will do everything to make the state safe and secure not only from bandits, armed robbers and the rest, but from cultists and all those obnoxious people”.
Hauwa’u Jama’are was after the successful surgeries handed over to the governor who said, “I’m delighted to see my little Hauwa’u back as a normal person, an innocent six-year old girl that was mercilessly mutilated in her genitals and rooted”.
He stated, “Today we are receiving her, it’s a miracle that she is a normal person, so we must thank God the Almighty for this. I wouldn’t believe that this is the same girl that was almost on the verge of being taken to the grave that is today sitting down with us”.
Enthusiastic by Hauwa’u’s successful treatment, the governor promised to name after Hauwa’u the Paediatric Department of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH), Bauchi with a view to give her experience an indelible mark.
Senator Bala Mohammed who assured that the state government would put keen interest in the growth and development of little Hauwa’u through the Ministry of Women Affairs, said “We are taking over the responsibility of her education from primary to tertiary level”.
Governor Bala Mohammed noted with concern that the travails of little Hauwa’u is the reflection of our deterioration as a society and our decent as people.
He said, “If somebody will see this innocent girl and then carry knives and cutlasses and then uproot her precious body just because of cultism or dodoism or whatever, it is very unfortunate”.
Describing the act as savagery and dehumanizing, the governor called on corporate Nigerians and indeed our people that there is a day of judgement, not after we die only, but even here in the temporal world.
He advised Hauwa’u’s parents to make sure that henceforth they don’t allow her to be alone or sent on errands or to be out of school, adding “Her parents and all of us have a responsibility to protect her”.
“For the parents, I’m urging you to make sure that you take care of her because she is now a global person. She is no longer your daughter only, the Nigerian and International Communities are looking”.
The Governor expressed gratitude to God the Almighty, and appreciated the AKUTH medical team, the philanthropist who went out of his shared concern to deposit money, the NGOs and all other groups who have shown interest including the international community.
He on behalf of the Government and People of Bauchi state thanked the medical team and the Management of Aminu Kano University Teaching Hospital (AKUTH) for performing such a feat.
Governor Bala stated, “Definitely, there is hope for all of us. The fact that Hauwa’u has been able to come out well is an attestation that our medical systems are working, all we need to do is to just show some seriousness”.
Earlier while presenting Hauwa’u and her parents to the governor, the state commissioner of Health, Dr. Aliyu Mohammed said that the victim whose genital was mutilated has been successfully treated, discharged and reunited with her parents.
Dr. Aliyu Mohammed explained that apart from the state government assistance of one million naira, a philanthropist (name withheld) also deposited N100, 000, stressing that by the time the lodger of Hauwa’u was closed, she has a refund of N260, 020.
The commissioner said, “From the Ministry of Health, we are handing Hauwa’u over to the Ministry of Women Affairs for her social support and social integration to the society”.