By: MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
A group known as the Arewa Youth Development Foundation (AYDF), has hailed the Bauchi State Commissioner of police for averting what could have been a “deadly” clash in the State last weekend.
Acting Chairman of the group, Idris Musa, flanked by the Secretary, Engr. Emmanuel Isheni, recalled that they organized a solidarity rally in support of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, scheduled to take place last weekend in Dass LGA, when another group was sponsored to hold a similar rally, same time and same venue against Dogara.
Musa at a press conference in Bauchi on Monday explained that but for the timely intervention of the Police Commissioner, there would have be a clash which could have led to loss of lives.
“We want to show our profound gratitude to the Commissioner of Police, Bauchi State Command for his professionalism in resolving the bloody clash that might have happen last Saturday in the state”, group chief stated.
“If we had come out for our rally, there would have been a clash between the two groups and this could have led to the loss of lives during that rally”, Musa added.
He said that they had it on record that the same politicians who allegedly paid some youth N1,500 each, to stage a rally on 9th July, 2018 against Dogara at Government House, Bauchi, for reasons which are baseless, although it was unsuccessful, hired some youth again from Bauchi to Dass LGA to stage another rally against the Speaker.
“Their rally was scheduled to take place the same time and at the same venue with our own. This made the Commissioner of Police, Bauchi State Command, to nullify all the rallies to avoid clash, destruction of life and properties,” he stated.
The acting chairman assured that the group knows the people whom he termed, “ill politicians” who do not want peace and progress of the region, saying “We assure you that those mischief politicians are politically dead but don’t want to go down alone that is why they want to malign our great leader, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara.”
Mr. Idris Musa further stated that the Speaker, who represents Dass/Tafawa Balewa/Bogoro Federal Constituency, has provided roads, schools, electricity, dams, bridges, empowered youth and women, among many others for the people.
According to him, Dogara singlehandedly sponsored the establishment of North-East Development Commission, stressing that the magnanimity of Yakubu Dogara encompasses those who know him and does who do not know him.
“Dogara has proved beyond reasonable doubt that he is a reliable Leader who carried everyone along irrespective of tribe, religious affiliation and geographical location”, Musa stated.
“We want to make it categorically clear that, we, the Arewa Youth Development Foundation, Bauchi State Chapter are firmly behind him (Dogara) and we pledge our support from now to his future political career.”