As the stage is getting set for the inauguration of the Governor-Elect of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, all eyes are on the state to see how the transition will go.
Recall that the Governor-elect has been facing charges in court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Meanwhile, the outgoing Governor of the state, Mohammed Abubakar he will want to be remembered in the state for engendering sanity in the polity. Governor Abubakar was defeated in the March governorship election by a former minister of FCT, Bala Mohammed who was the PDP governorship candidate in that keen contest.
According to Daily Trust, speaking after meeting with the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, he said he would want to be remembered as somebody who has brought peace to the state.
”If you recall Bauchi state was one of the states that suffered from conflicts. By the time we took over, up till this moment, we have succeeded in engendering peace. “Along with peace of course, a lot of developmental projects in health sector, in educational sector in infrastructure developments. So, mostly I’ll like to be remembered as somebody who has brought peace to the state,” he said.
Governor Abubakar urged the people of the state, ” to continue maintaining the peace; be obedient to constituted authority and that us what my state has been known for.”
On why he met the vice president, he said, ” I have come for routine consultation to the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. “
In another development, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, had on Wednesday accused some defeated politicians in the just concluded general elections of being responsible for the current heightened insecurity in parts of the country, Daily Post reports.
Buratai leveled the accusation in Maiduguri when he received the House Committee on Army led by its Chairman, Rep. Remande Shawulu, at the Theatre Command. “The myriad of security challenges we are facing now in the North West, North Central and other parts of the country, I want to believe and rightly so, is the fall out of the just concluded general elections.
“There are several political interests, politicians in particular not happy with their defeat and therefore, trying to take revenge, sponsoring some these criminal activities. There are strong political undertone, strong political influence.”
“So, I will use this opportunity to call on the honourable members here to prevail on some of these politicians to look at national interest first before any other political or sectional interest. We have some strong evidences but we are still being cautious so that we don’t get it wrong,’’ Buratai said.
The army chief advised those politicians against doing anything to aggravate the security challenges.
Earlier, Shawulu said that the committee was at the theatre for its usual oversight function. He paid tribute to officers and soldiers, who had died in course of the counter insurgency operation, saying they sacrificed their lives for the security and peace of the North East and country at large.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the committee visited the Maimalary Military Cemetery, where three personnel killed by IED on Monday were buried and 7 Division Military hospital to empathise with wounded soldiers.
The military has been making good efforts to combat the rising insecurity in the country as its personnel have been fighting the insurgents in the parts of the country affected.
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