Barely 24hrs hours after a security breach in Warji, the headquarters of Warji local government area of Bauchi State, Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed has visited the community to console the affected parties over the incident.
Religious violence erupted in Warji on Friday evening after one Rhoda Jatau allegedly spate blasphemous words on the prophet of Islam, a development that irritated Muslim youths in the community. They angrily ran after her. However, the suspect was smuggled out of the town by security personnel.
Speaking at the palace of District Head of Warji, Bala Mohammed said it is high time for people at the sub-nationals to see more reasons for peace, adding that the national share of insecurities is enough to give every well meaning Nigerian a source of worry.
He said Warji community despite housing people belonging to different religions, is known to be a peaceful community for the past 100 years.
The governor 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 very uncivilised to joke about each others’ religions.
“We know that there are Christians and Muslims in Warji. Those of us who are 60 years old never heard of a crisis in Warji before this time.
“I must commend religious leaders, traditional leaders and security personnel for putting up a combined effort that lead to quenching of the violence,” he said.
The governor said he 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.”
Speaking earlier, Warji local government Chairman Adamu Muhammad Danjumai commended the quick intervention of security operatives which help in restoring normalcy to the community.
He said over the years, Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed has been supportive of Warji local government since the wake up of last year’s flood disaster that befell several communities in the area