Opinion: What Kogi Governor Elect Yahaya Bello Is Not, By Kingsley Fanwo
Having a great opportunity of campaigning with Yahaya Adoza Bello was a great privilege. From the onset, he showed strength of character and vision to reposition the state.
From the first day I met him, I saw in his eyes, the colours of change and a New Direction. He was carefully building a team to take Kogi by storm and drive the state into the nucleus of the nation’s development.
While many people are looking at his age, I was busy looking at how he was able to carry different shades of people on his fragile shoulders without been raked into the usual controversies trailing politics in Kogi State.
When his blueprint was released prior to the primaries of his party, it became clear, his intentions to recreate a Kogi of possibilities for prosperity. His ideas in the areas of agriculture, mineral development, education, industrialization, healthcare delivery and infrastructural development were targeted to positively empower the people of the state.
He is a leader, poised to make a mark on the sand of leadership history in Kogi State; a leader who is humble enough to feel the pulse of the people. Alh. Yahaya Adoza Bello could be best described as a gatekeeper who won’t stop people from coming to him, but ready to sieve the good from the bad.
In a time like this when the people are so divided, his leadership qualities will come handy. He is humble, strong and resolutely committed to the unity of the state.
I foresee a government that will talk less about the factors that divide us. To him, development and empowerment and the general needs of the Kogi people. If the man living in Idah could have access to adequate and potable water, he doesn’t care where the governor comes from. I see Yahaya Bello answering the ethnic jingoists with solid performance.
His detribalized nature will surely help him stabilize the state as the fears of certain sections will soon vanish as the incoming governor settles in.
The fact that Alh. Yahaya Bello has refused to join issues with his antagonists speaks volumes about his character. Even in the face of brazen provocation and malicious attacks, the Governor-Elect has remained fervently bias toward a conciliatory resolution of the disputes.
With his experience in financial management and his iron-cast dispositions towards zero-metre to corruption, Kogi is surely on the path of economic prosperity, good governance and transparent leadership.
Having worked closely with this enigmatic personality, I am sufficiently convinced that he is in the present situation for a purpose. God brought him for a specific purpose and it will be foolhardy to fight against the ongoing hurricane.
I urge Kogites to rally round the incoming government while the lawyers do their work in the law court. Our arguments, name-calling and character assassination on the social media won’t affect what happens on the floor of the court. Let us resist the temptation of inciting the people against the incoming administration.
Let me also thank Alh. Yahaya Bello for not choosing to attack the outgoing government. No matter the angst of the people against Capt Idris Wada, we can’t take away the fact that he also put in place a number of landmark projects in the state.
Alh. Yahaya Bello has shown respect for the office he is about to assume as governor. This is important because Wada will continue to be the leader of the state till January 27, 2016.
Kogites, let us arise in unison to give support to the incoming government because in it lies the future prosperity of our state. Nobody attains power without the knowledge of God. Can we fight God’s knowledge?
God bless my state. Long live Kogi State.