Concerned youth group in Mwari community of Bogoro Local Government Area of Bauchi State says there is no security threat associated with the forthcoming reception in honor of an elder statesman, Late Baba Peter Gonto as alleged by a former speaker of the 8th Assembly, Yakubu Dogara.
Chairman of the youth group, Isuwa Samaila at a press conference held at the NUJ Secretariat in Bauchi, accused the former speaker who represents Dass, Tafawa Balewa, Bogoro federal constituency of misleading the public regarding the possible security breaches.
Mr Dogara had in a letter written to the Director-General of State Security Services, DSS warned of an impending security threat if the event was allowed to hold.
Doagara in the letter copied to the Inspector General of Police and other security agencies said the organisers of the event should be held responsible in the event the celebrations turned violent.
But Mr Isuwa counters Mr Dogara, saying the late Baba Gonto was “a political leader, a devoted religious leader, a pacesetter in Sayawa land whose ideals were to propagate the message of peace and unity among his people.”
He insisted that no amount of honor that would be given to him will be too much.
“We are much more surprised that Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara who is an in-law to Mwari would want to oppose a reception in honor of Sage Baba Gonto.
“We would like to state in a clear and loud voice that we the youth in Mwari are in support of the event and we are actively involved in all the events, so no one should deceive the world that we are not in support of the event.”
The forum Chairman pointed out that, the intention of the organizers of the reception is primarily to foster unity in and around the Zaar nation.
He said the event intended to showcase the past achievements of late Baba Gonto to the upcoming youth for them to emulate.
Isuwa said the reception is not only to sensitize the youth on the need for peaceful and harmonious coexistence but also to institute a foundation in the late Sage’s name meant to assist Sayawa sons and daughters.