Bauchi State governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, has said that injustice and bad governance are the bane of terrorism in the country.
This is as the governor pledged to accept and integrate two repentant Boko Haram members who are indigenes of the state into the community to live a normal life again.
Governor Mohammed stated this today while receiving members of the Operation Safe Corridor who paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House in Bauchi.
According to the governor, people were forced to join terrorist groups because of injustice and bad governance, adding that his administration is ready to support initiatives aimed at enabling repentant insurgents be integrated into society.
He informed that the Bauchi State government under his leadership has developed a model for interaction with stakeholders to address people’s grievances.
The governor expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for finding it necessary to come up with the Operation.
This, according to Governor Mohammed, is a solution to some of the insecurity challenges in the country.
He, however, appealed to the management of the Operation Safe Corridor to engage religious leaders in their activities because of the influence they have on the people, submitting that this will help the Operation to achieve its set objectives.
“I wish to welcome you to Bauchi and to appreciate you for the visit in recognition of our responsibilities as leaders.
“We thank the President for finding it necessary to establish the Operation, which we believe is the only solution that will accommodate, integrate these people who engaged in terrorism for many perception and other reasons.
“Injustice and bad governance are some of the reasons for the involvement of people in criminal activities.
“I want to request the coordinator of the Operation to include religious leaders because of their influence in the society,” Governor Mohammed told his guests.
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