OPINION: KOGI: Time Up, Let Someone Else Occupy Lugard House | By BERNARD BALOGUN

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Governor Yahaya Bello

 

In one of his recent outings Governor Yahaya Bello said he is seeking reelection to improve his infrastructural development programme. No sir. Not true.

Sincerely speaking, you are seeking reelection to further impoverish the Kogi people, and send many of them to early graves.

In the first place, Your Excellency, where are your achievements in this first tenure? This can only be categorised, by any serious observer, as inane remark. In less than three months, the good people have began to notice purposeful governance in Oyo State. Salaries, pensioners and other sundry allowance are being promptly paid.

The good days are here again in Oyo State. Attention Engr Seyi Makinde do not deviate from this glorious path of honour. God will see you through.

Now l return to what matters.

Yahaya Bello had 48 months, on a platter of gold, to impact on the lives of the citizenry of Kogi State. I have not seen any politican, dead or alive, who is as lucky as GYB. GYB is the only Governor in Nigeria sworn without a Deputy. Clearly that is against the Spirit of the Nigerian Constitution. The entire political landscape revolted to high heavens – this is oojaro, comparing Atiku case in Adamawa to our revered Prince Audi’s. Many of the discussants thought Faleke ought to have been the appropriate beneficiary. I was vehement in my postulation in support of Yahaya at that time. In 1999, Atiku had been declared winner of that election, waiting to be sworn in. In the case of Kogi in 2015, the election process was still ongoing when Prince Audu died, that election had to be halted for party to submit the name of the first runner-up in the party’s primary. This is in consonance with the electoral guideline. That was how Bello emerged.

At the Lokoja stadium on his inauguration day, Bello promised Kogi workers, who were on strike then because gentle Governor Idris Wada, who was owing just two months salaries, “…no worker under my watch will go hungry. .”Bello said. But today in the eyes of every analytical minded person “…Capt Wada was wrongly made the sacrifical lamb…”. Kogites know better. GYB administration is owing workers as at date 42 consecutive months salaries. What has he done with all the monies to Kogi State? What is the situation of Ganaja overhead bridge?

Capt Idris Wada was invited to a live radio programme. You are alleged to have stolen Kogi money and many months of unpaid salaries. Just one call, Capt Wada was in the studio and l questioned him thoroughly. One by one, leg crossed with confidence he said “…l did not steal Kogi money. He owned two months salaries but he had obtained N50billion, which he wanted to use part to defry outstanding salaries, including those of LG government workers but the CBN Governor refused to release the first trenche of N20billion. He claimed he met the CBN Governor four times on this matter.

Governor Yahaya Bello was given similar opportunity to come and wash himself clean in the public domain via the popular Radio programme anchored by Dr Ahmad Isah, Executive Media Strategist/CEO of Human Rights Radio but Bello did not show up. In the letter to GYB it was clearly by Human Right Radio “… Your appearance will not be confrontational…” Dr Ahmad Isah assured in the letter to the Governor. Yet GYB did not come, till date he had not call to explain. Yet on this same programme the VP, Prof Yemi Osinbajo had unassumingly appeared for close to two hours to disspel rumours and straightened recordsbas it were.

Let Bello be told no government had improverish the State so wickedly as this, not even in the days of Northern Nigeria Government (better known for short then as NNG) with headquarters in Kaduna. Workers never suffered for their salaries such as this despite the fact there was only one Bank (Barclays now Union Bank) in Lokoja. Alhaji Ahmadu Bello was head of government, he recognised the importance of prompt payment of workers salaries. My late father was a civil servant and we never lacked anything because the government recognised these workers had families to cater for, unlike today where the government of GYB is so insensitive, so egregious, to the plight of workers, workers are dying in their droves yet Bello, Onoja and his commissioners are flying all over the place in affluence. l deeply regret that day in November 2015 when l joined elders, and indeed notable sons from Ebiraland to encourage the former National Chairman (Chief Oyegun) of APC at Blantyre Street, off Ademola Adetokunbo Crescent, Wuse II to “give our son” the ticket, that was on the sudden & painful demise of Prince Audu, a man who genuinely had the best interest of Kogi State at heart. But see what we got – a colossal failure. l am genuinely pained today one can see proverty ravaging the length and breadth of the State, poverty deliberately induced by Bello and his gang. Did Kingsley say “they are owing only five months salaries”? Even in good conscience, conscience that fears God is that a healthy remark? I will encourage Kingsley to stop talking. He seems to me as one of those misleading the governor in many directions. In any case, Kogi must not continue this way. The emperor in Lugard House must be shown the way out, God willing, come December 2019. This sinking government of Bello must be booted out, for prosperity to return to Kogi State. l have nothing against Bello as a person but he has led the worst government in the history of Kogi State. I think, that must be clearly understood. Time up, let someone else take control from Lugard House.

Where are the achievements in his first tenure? This can only be categorised by any serious observer as inane remark. Yahaya bello had 48 months to impact on the life of the citizenry of Kogi State, out of these his administration is owing workers as at date 42 consecutive months salaries.

Let Bello be told no government had improverish the State so wickedly as this, not even in the days of Northern Nigeria Government (better known for short then as NNG) with headquarters in Kaduna. Workers never suffered for their salaries such as this despite the fact there was only one Bank (Barclays now Union Bank) in Lokoja.

Alhaji Ahmadu Bello was head of government, he recognised the importance of prompt payment of workers salaries. My late father was a civil servant and we never lacked anything because the government recognised these workers had families to cater for unlike today where the government of GYB is so insensitive, so egregious, haba, to the plight of workers, workers are dying in their droves yet Bello, Onoja and his commissioners are flying all over the place in affluence. l deeply regret that day in November 2015 when l joined elders, and indeed notable sons from Ebiraland to encourage the former National Chairman (Chief Oyegun) of APC at Blantyre Street, off Ademola Adetokunbo Crescent, Wuse II to “give our son” the ticket, that was on the sudden & painful demise of Prince Audu, a man who genuinely had the best interest of Kogi State at heart. But see what we got – a colossal failure. l am genuinely pained today one can see property ravaging the length and breadth of the State, poverty deliberately induced by Bello and his gang. Did Kingsley say “they are owing only five months salaries”?

Even in good conscience, conscience that fears God is that a healthy remark? I will encourage Kingsley to stop talking. He seems to me as one of those misleading the governor. In any case, Kogi must not continue this way. The emperor in Lugard House must be shown the way out, God willing, come December 2019. This sinking government of Bello must be booted out, for prosperity to return to Kogi State. l have nothing against Bello as a person but he has led the worst government in the history of Kogi State. I think, that must be clearly understood. Time up, let someone else take control from Lugard House.

Bernard Balogun (BenPino) writes from Wuse District in Abuja

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