Bauchi — Bauchi State Government has reiterated its commitment towards promoting mutual respect and peaceful co-existence among residents, irrespective of their religious, ethnic and political differences.
The assurance was given on thursday by the state Governor, Mallam Isa Yuguda, when he received in audience the leadership of the Christians community, who paid him homage as part of the activities marking the Christmas celebration.
The governor, who spoke through his deputy, Alhaji Sagir Aminu Saleh, noted that the primary objective of any responsible government was to ensure the security of lives and property of its people, stressing that the state government would continue to ensure that residents continue to enjoy relative peace.
While congratulating Christians for witnessing yet another peaceful Christmas celebration, Yuguda urged them to use the yuletide period to strengthen friendship and establish new ones.
According to him, the state government would also continue to encourage harmonious co-existence among the ethnic groups in the state.
Earlier, Chairman of the Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state, Rev. Lawi Pokti, had said they were at the Government House to pay homage to Yuguda in commemoration of the Christmas celebration.
Pokti explained that Christmas celebration was not only for marking the birth of Jesus Christ but also a moment of sober reflection on God's love towards mankind.
He expressed gratitude to God for making Christians see the end of this year's Christmas hitch-free, and thanked the state government for the proactive measures taken to curtail the security challenges in the state.
The CAN Chairman noted that the security challenges were gradually undermining the corporate existence, peace, development, and unity of the country.
Pokti also commended the Yuguda-led administration for sponsoring a large number of Christian pilgrims to Jerusalem this year, as well as the fencing of the Christian cemetery at Yelwa, a suburb of Bauchi metropolis.