The Bauchi State Government has raised concern over a report published by Sahara Reporters alleging the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Air Marshal Abubakar Sadique, has plans to destabilise the ruling Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) dominated areas in the forthcoming election.
The online platform exclusively reported that Sadique who doubles as a former Air Force Chief had “recruited” militants and political things numbering 1,000 ahead of the election.
“Sadique and the APC had recruited over 1000 foot soldiers with arms to destabilise parts of the state perceived as opponent’s stronghold,” the paper quoted a military source.
Reacting, Mukhtar Gidado, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Bala Mohammed, the Governor of Bauchi State, said the allegation should be “of grave concern to anybody with a keen interest in the development” of the state and the country at large.
He further called on the federal government to investigate the matter, adding the alleged plan, if overlooked and eventually executed, would not only set Bauchi State alight but the whole country.
As insecurity continued unrestrained in the state, the state government said the situation “seem to fall in place” with claims in Sahara Reporter’s story.
Although the story highlighted grievances by unnamed APC stalwarts who felt shortchanged in the party’s primaries. But PDP’s Bala-led administration noted that it wasn’t concerned about the lamentations.
BAUCHI:A WORRISOME SECURITY DEVELOPMENT AND NEED FOR URGENT FG INTERVENTION
Reaction To The Story: “EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Chief of Staff Sadique, Ruling APC Recruit ‘1000’ Militants, Political Thugs’ Ahead of Bauchi Governorship Election” By Sahara Reporters Newspaper.
A recent story by the Sahara Reporters newspaper titled, “EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Chief of Staff Sadique, Ruling APC Recruit ‘1000’ Militants, Political Thugs’ Ahead of Bauchi Governorship Election”, should be of grave concern to anybody with a keen interest in the development of Bauchi State and the overall health of Nigeria.
Quoting a security signal it has assessed, and an unnamed colonel, the newspaper alleged that “Sadique and the APC had recruited over 1000 foot soldiers with arms to destabilise parts of the state perceived as opponent’s stronghold”.
We are not concerned by the lamentations contained in the story, of unnamed APC stalwarts who appear to have been shortchanged during the primaries of the party as that is their internal affair. However, against the backdrop of the deteriorating security situation in the country, any responsible Government will be alarmed by this disclosure which, if true, portends a grave danger not only for Bauchi State but also the country at large.
We note, with concern, that the sudden escalation in violent crimes characterized by kidnappings, banditry and other vices, in certain parts of the state, seem to fall in place with the allegations contained in the Sahara Reporters story. During this period, the following places have witnessed increased security threats and actual breaches: Sabon Gari, Garin Sambo, Digare, Mansur and Shafan Duguri in Alkaleri Local Government. Boto and Tudun Wadan Malima in Tafawa Balewa Local Government. Sabon Garin Na Rabi and Gumau in Toro Local Government. Bura in Ningi Local Government.
Thus, for the past few months, the state government has been stretched to the limits as it battles what, to all intents and purposes, is a well-orchestrated chain of crime and criminality, designed to distract it from its developmental goals. Other wicked machinations would be to switch resources to security and antagonize the people against the Government.
We shudder to imagine that any responsible and patriotic individual or organisation would, willy-nilly, promote violence against its people, more so when, as alleged by Sahara Reporters, the entities involved actually aspire to lead the state. It raises the question: Do they aspire to rule over the dead? Though we have heard allegations of violence and insecurity instigated by people in authority, we cannot imagine anyone shooting his way to power, in a democracy.
Perhaps that is the crux of the matter: some people are yet to come to terms with the democratic ethos that are being installed in the country. In particular, such power-hungry persons cannot understand the sustained and painstaking effort at democratization and people-empowerment that have endeared the Bala Mohammed Administration to the vast majority of the Bauchi people. They are shocked that, despite orchestrated campaigns of calumny, Bala Mohammed’s popularity continues to soar as demonstrated by the desertions from other parties to the PDP, with the APC suffering the most biting exodus.
Despite the eye-opening Sahara Reporters story, the Bala Mohammed Administration wishes to assure the good people of Bauchi State that it will remain focused on delivering the dividends of democracy that, for several years before 2019, had eluded the peace-loving people of the state. Let it also be known that the Administration will not surrender its constitutionally provided responsibility in the area of security, to any individual or group, no matter how privileged or powerful.
To this end, while we advise the law-abiding citizens of the state to go about their legitimate duties, we call on the security agencies and our dear President to cause a thorough investigation of the ominous allegations by Sahara Reporters against the APC and its gubernatorial candidate in Bauchi State, Air Marshal Abubakar Sadique (Retd). It should not be overstated that, the plan to foist an extra-constitutional and quasi-military organ on the state, for the purpose of electoral advantage, can only lead to a total breakdown of law and order, with dire and unfathomable consequences for our dear country in general and Bauchi State, in particular.