Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, has pardoned 20 persons who were detained in prison for stoning him at the Eid prayer ground in Bauchi, the state capital, during the last Eid el-Fitr celebration.
Abubakar announced the pardon when he received a team from Amnesty International, which paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Bauchi, on Thursday.
He said he initially didn’t want the perpetrators arrested and punished for what they did to him but he had to do it so people could respect their leaders.
“Even the Holy Quran teaches us that we should respect leaders. So I don’t see any reason why I will be stoned by my people just because I am conducting verification in my state,” he added.
While assuring the visitors that he would communicate his decision to the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice to free the arrested persons, Abubakar pleaded with the people to be patient with the government in this time of recession.
He assured that the current hardship would soon come to an end, saying government was doing everything possible to make life better for the people.
The leader of the AI delegation, Dr. Suleiman Sokoto, who is also the head of its Northern operations, told the governor that they got to know about the detention of the 20 persons while pursuing a case.
Sokoto informed the governor that they were in Bauchi to mediate between a member of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Mr. Yakubu Shehu and his late younger brother’s wife, Firdaushi Sulaiman, who had alleged that the lawmaker mysteriously killed her first daughter for ritual purpose.