Opinion: Yahaya Bello and Change Beyond January 27th, by Williams Charles


Kakuzo Okakaura states that “The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings” Kogi state in 10 days will witness an epoch event that is unprecedented and will go down in the history of Kogi state. It is not a surprise therefore that there are divergent views and perspectives to the events that will usher Kogi state into a new era. Speculations, suspicion and other machinations are rife. Groundless as they are, ceteris Paribus, all things being equal, the inauguration stands. It is therefore important for everyone who cannot change reality to change the eyes which sees reality badly, to that which see it in a good light.

Of a fact, change is a bitter pill to sallow but according to Kakuzo Okakaura, people ought to know that nothing remains the same. Kogites needs to know that, its time to change from our myopic idiosyncrasy, this change is for everybody. Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything and so everybody, irrespective of political affiliation and apathy we belong to or have, to embrace this change that is about to sweep through our land. It is going to be an all encompassing government, devoid of ethnic ethnocentrism. This is obvious in a scenario where the Governor-Elect is from the central and his chief strategist comes from the east, what more is to be desired?

Succinctly put, it’s about time we change our lives and the way we do just everything. The economy of the whole world is nose diving due to the constant fall in the price of crude. Atimes even the most misconceived people make sense when they talk about change. Tupac Amar Shakur, says in one of his purpular songs CHANGES,

“I am tired of being poor and even worse….. My stomach hurts
We gotta make a change…It’s time for us as a people to start makin’ some changes.
Let’s change the way we eat, let’s change the way we live and let’s change the way we treat each other.
You see the old way wasn’t working so it’s on us to do what we gotta do, to survive”

We as Nigerian are obviously very religious people and so it wont be a hard thing to know that, this change is not a change made by mere mortal but by God. Ordinarily, the events that played out transcends the logical reasoning or comprehension of any human, no matter how physicist and as such must be very careful not be a stumbling block in the way of God, so as not to be crushed! The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.

According to, Martin Luther King Junior “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent”. This change has come; the only way it will work is if we are all embedded in it. To feel and bask in the euphoria of change, we must be part of it. Barak Obama state that “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek”. Simply put, we are all the change needed!

Conclusively, Alhaji Yahaya Bello is not looking at January 27th with nostalgia but rather, his whole essence is focusing on a greater Kogi. A Kogi that we as Kogites would be proud to call our own. A Kogi that works and not crawl! A Kogi that will be a reference point to other state on human development to capacity building, self reliance and others. A Kogi that will overtake its contemporaries, afteral Overtaking is allowed in any human endeavour. A Kogi that will beckon on all and sundry to come for investment. Join him in seeing beyond January 27th.

Williams Charles O.
Writes from Lokoja

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