By Ogechi Okorie
Abuja (Precise Post) – Bauchi state Governor Bala Mohammed has apologized over the appointment of a Special Assistant on unmarried women’s affairs, describing it as a clear mistake of the head not of the heart.
Governor Bala said the appointment of Balaraba Ibrahim was meant to address the plights of widows and divorcees in the state and not unmarried women.
He therefore apologized to all women in the state, while urging the people of the state to put the matter behind them to achieve his administration’s goals for the state.
In a statement by Mukhtar Gidado, his Senior Special Assistant on media on Saturday, August 8, 2020, the governor said the word ‘unmarried’ was mistakenly added in Ibrahim’s letter of appointment.
The governor said he decided to open a channel of communication for widows and divorcees in the state, following a series of petitions he received from such women in the state.
He said widows and divorcees constitute a significant segment of the state’s population and creating a communication channel for them could help in addressing their plights.
The statement reads, “After due consideration and in keeping with his campaign pledge not to leave anybody behind, the governor graciously acceded to their request hence the appointment of a special assistant on women affairs, with the specific responsibility of handling matters related to widows and divorcees, not “unmarried” women.”
“Unfortunately, while producing it, the word “unmarried” was inadvertently introduced into the letter. This is a clear mistake of the head; not of the heart which the Government sincerely regrets.