,Bauchi State Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed has announced interest in the 2023 presidential race.
His candidacy will appeal to both Christians and Muslims because his family background cuts across both faiths, he told a gathering of Christians in Bauchi, the state capital, at the weekend.
He disclosed that his “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”.
Governor Bala explained this at a special dinner organized on Sunday by the Bauchi Christian community marking his 63 birthday. According to him, the positive response gathered by his contact team from the states so far visited is “very encouraging and motivating.”
He further said that what surprisingly dazed him most was a leader’s remark from a yet-to-be -visited Southern state of the federation, who showered encomiums on him for his agility to rule the country.
Bala noted that both faiths have in one way or the other contributed immensely to his election as governor of Bauchi state in the 2019 general elections.
The Governor gave names of two of his brothers, Reverend Father Dal and Bappah Mohammed, one deceased and the other now bedridden. Both brothers, he said, played significant roles in getting him to the position he now occupies in the society, assuring that he would not let them down.
Gov Bala, while describing himself as a perfectionist, said “I want 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”.
“Every Muslim knows that this world is for everybody, you are only different when you go to the hereafter, may be on the judgment day. But God has given us everything. He pledged to give this world to everyone irrespective of faiths, so we should not be deceiving ourselves”.
Bala, who stressed the need for all-inclusive governance, added: “We are putting Bauchi on the threshold of prosperity and we are doing it with the little resources we have, because it is not about how much you have, but how well you use your small resources to impact positively on the growth and development of your immediate community or state”.
The Governor, who observed that Nigeria has not reached a level where religion doesn’t play a role, thanked the Christian community for feting him, as well as the Muslim community, the Ulamas who have earlier given a similar nod.
While expressing gratitude for the trust and confidence reposed in him by the electorate, the governor assured of working very hard at every level of governance he finds himself as, according to him, that is the only take-away he has in his leadership of leaving of legacy of unity, love and prosperity.