Gov Bala reads riot act as violence erupts over alleged blasphemy


By Umar Sa’id Moh’d Bauchi

Gov Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has warned citizens of the state especially communities in Warji Local Government to desist from fomenting unnecessary crises just to disrupt the peace in the state.

Gov Bala was speaking in Warji Local Government over the weekend after civil crises that resulted in destruction of properties while several others injured, warning that he will not spare anybody that is bent on disrupting the peace of the state.

Several houses and shops were razed and many people, including a pastor, were critically injured when some Muslim youths in Katangan Wargi, headquarters of Warji Local Government Area (LGA) of Bauchi State went on a rampage on Friday evening in protest against an alleged blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad (SAW) by a Christian lady.

Speaking at the palace of the District Head of Warji, Gov Bala Mohammed expressed worry over the spate of insecurity in some parts of the country, saying that it was time for people to allow peace to strive at all cost as the consequences of insecurity were devastating.

He observed that warji community has been a peaceful community for the past 100 years, irrespective of religious differences even as he regretted that the recent violence is coming at a time when Bauchi State is widely acclaimed to be a peaceful state.

“Religion is very close to peoples’ hearts. It is uncivilized to joke about each other’s religions. We know that there are Christians and Muslims in Warji. Those of us who are 60 years old have never heard of a crisis in Warji before this time. I must commend religious, traditional leaders and security personnel for putting up a combined effort that lead to quenching of the violence,”

“I will not spare anyone found making attempts to cause trouble. My administration has a special regard for peace and religious tolerance and I will not fold up my arms to allow unpatriotic people to cause trouble in any part of the state, thank God no life was lost”, he said.