Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has said that fighting kidnappings, banditry; and other security challenges in Nigeria was not the responsibility of the federal government alone.
Bala Mohammed told newsmen in Bauchi on Friday, May 14, ”it is the responsibility of the federal, state, and the local governments; including all the traditional institutions in the country.
”These problems can only with tackled with concerted efforts and collaboration from the federal, state, as well as local governments.
”As a nation, we are challenged by so many aspects of misdemeanours; crime; and criminality. We must be very courageous to say it and that is also not something that is acceptable within the tenet of Islam.
”It is not just a federal government’s responsibility. It’s a responsibility of the federal government; the state; and the local governments; as well as our traditional institutions and all the stakeholders.
“We are all policemen today. We know these bandits, we know where they stay and what they do.
“Sometimes, they are aided and abetted by some of us; and we should fish them out because the police in their numbers are already overwhelmed.
“I’m calling on the federal government to work with us as governors and local governments; because that’s where the solution is.
“I hope we sit down as a country to reflect and make sure we bring solutions,” Bala Mohammed said.
Mohammed, who observed that Nigeria was united and interwoven; said that a round-table understanding would be achieved.
He likewise explained that the state government was trying to build its own micro-economy; in order to generate more Internally Generated Revenue (IGR); and also make the state’s development more pronounced.
Meanwhile, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo has poured cold water on an alleged plot by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to launch an attack on Lagos.
The frontline Igbo socio-cultural group gave the assurance in a meeting with Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Thursday.
Obiozor said that the threat was a ploy to distract the state governor; and his administration from providing good governance for all residents. He said that the dangerous rumour or statement was aimed to cause division, crises and conflict among the people.