Bauchi Governor emphasizes need for peaceful coexistence between Christians, Muslims, says ‘I come from a mixed religious background’
Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, his wife and CAN Chairman during the 63rd birthday dinner
By Akanji Alowolodu, Bauchi
Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed has emphasized the need for peaceful coexistence between Muslims and Christians in the state in particular and Nigeria in general revealing that he came from a family with adherents of both faiths and so his striving to strike a balance in his dealings with the two divides.
According to him, both religions have contributed immensely in one way or the other to his ascension as the Governor of Bauchi State, submitting that both Muslims and Christians voted for him massively in the 2019 general elections.
Bala Mohammed, who spoke during a dinner organized by Christian community in the state to mark his 63rd birthday, described himself as a perfectionist, informed declared that two of his brothers, Reverend Father Dal and Bappah Mohammed, one late and the other now bedridden, played significant roles in ensuring he attained the position he now occupied in the society.
While assuring the Christian brothers that he would not let them down, the governor called on the people of the state to remain as members of one family, irrespective of their religious affiliation.
In his words, “I want to do more, we hardly sleep because we want to work. But you have to give the allowance that we are all the same, so let us collapse into one family of humanity”.
According to him, “Every Muslim knows that this world is for everybody, you are only different when you go to the hereafter, may be in the judgment day. But God has given us everything, He pledged to give this world to everyone, irrespective of faith. So, we should not be deceiving ourselves.”
Bala Mohammed assured that his administration is working hard to ensure that Bauchi State becomes prosperous even with the little resources at its disposal.
“We are putting Bauchi on the threshold of prosperity and we are doing it with the little resources we have, because it is not how much you have, but how well you use small resources to impact positively on the growth and development of your immediate community or state,” he said.
The governor expressed gratitude to the state’s Christian community for feting him, adding that he was also appreciative of the Muslim community and Ulamas who had earlier feted him.
He then hinted that he might contest the 2023 presidency on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) informing that a contact group to gauge the pulse of members of his party on his presidential ambition had so far visited 14 states in the country.
According to him, the response from the states so far visited by the contact team was nit only positive but also very encouraging and motivating saying that, “My contact group as to whether or not I will run for the apex slot to the states of the federation has already covered 14 states,”.
He further informed that he was surprised and dazed by the encomiums poured on him by a leader in one of the Southern states yet to be visited by his contact team who declared that he (Mohammed) had the ability to rule the country if Nigerians afforded him the opportunity.
Earlier, Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Bauchi State chapter, Rev Dr Abraham Damina Dimeus commended the Governor for trying to be fair and just in his dealings with adherents of the two religions since he came on board in 2019.
The CAN Chairman added that the Christian community has not had it so good as it is doing now under the leadership of the Bala Mohammed led administration stressing however that more can still be done.
While congratulating the Governor on his 63rd birthday, Abraham Damina said that it calls for a sober reflection in order to be able to correct mistakes of the past in accordance with the teachings of the Holy Bible.
He added that the Christian community in the state will continue to support the administration to ensure that it succeeded in the effort to make the state an envy of others.