Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has claimed that most of the banditry and kidnapping across the country are being carried out by Muslim faithful.
Yarngist.com reports that Mohammed stated this on Thursday at the Government House shortly after performing the Eid prayers to mark the Sallah.
The Bauchi governor also accused fellow Muslims of harbouring bandits and kidnappers.
The governor elected on the platform of the PDP urged Muslims to show courage by handing bandits, kidnappers and other criminals over to security agencies.
“We are grateful to Allah. Ramadan has been a period of prayers and devotion. As a nation we need to reflect deeply on our common existence because we are challenged by so many aspects of our misdemeanors, crime and criminality,” he said.
”As a Muslim, most of the criminality is coming from us as members of the Islamic faith. That’s the issue of banditry, kidnapping and the rest.
”However, we must be very courageous to say it. It’s not something acceptable in the tenet of Islam. We should fear God to make sure we don’t give ourselves, our community and even our religion a bad name. We must have to change as this is really escalating to other parts of the country.”
According to the governor, the federal government and state government know where bandits and kidnappers are.
Speaking further, Bala Mohammed stated that the government is yet to move in an apprehend criminals because security operatives are overwhelmed.
He added: ”We know these bandits. We know where they stay and what they do. Sometimes they are aided and abetted by us.
“We should fish them out because the police in their limited numbers are already overwhelmed due to insufficient human capital.
”Apparently, the FG security architecture has failed not because of any compromise but because the situation is overwhelming.”