Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State

Banditry not religious, tribal problem, says Bagudu

NEWS DIGEST – Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Abubakar Bagudu, has disclosed that he shares the same view with President Muhammadu Buhari that the insecurity bedeviling the nation was not a religious or tribal problem.

Bagudu stated this yesterday at the Government House, Birnin Kebbi, when the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) headed by its President, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, paid him a courtesy visit.

He recalled that President Buhari had said the regrettable problem of banditry should make Nigerians to come together and think differently.

The governor lamented how misconceptions about several issues in the country were causing unnecessary hiccups amongst the citizens.

He harped on the need for political leaders in the country to place more emphasis on revenue mobilisation rather than sharing.

The All Progressives Congress APC Governors’ Forum chairman further said: “President Buhari has instilled transparency and accountability in the management of the resources of the nation.

“These resources are still too inadequate and all the communities across Nigeria have remained largely underserved. That is why Nigerians will continue to get more angry at each other and it is better if we mobilise more resources to share.”

Bagudu described CAN as a very important body in the country, noting that, “ they can tell the world what our problems are.”

The governor appreciated the delegation for the visit, urging them to continue to pray for the country’s leaders.

CAN President, Ayokunle, had earlier told Bagudu that one of the reasons for the visit was to pray for greater wisdom for the leadership of Kebbi State so the people could reap more dividends of democracy.

“It is also to identify with the North West as regards the banditry ravaging the area that was hitherto peaceful.

“We are also here to commend Gov. Bagudu for ensuring a balanced government between all the religious groups in the state.

“If all governors are like Bagudu, there will be no problems and hiccups in the country.

“It should be live and let others live and we are commending the governor for giving Christians a face and a sense of belonging in the state,” Ayokunle said.