Governor Yahaya Bello

Governor Yahaya Bello

Nigerians: Don’t Take Controversial Waku Serious – Kogi Gov’s Aide

Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has hit back at Sen. Joseph Waku over claims by the ACF Chieftain that Governor Yahaya Bello had a hand in the alleged assassination attempt on Sen. Dino Melaye, saying Waku has not surprised Nigerians who “see him as a clownish alarmist.”
Speaking through his Director General on Media and Publicity, Kingsley Fanwo, in Lokoja over the weekend, the Governor said he won’t succumb to efforts at distracting his administration from the ” Noble New Direction Agenda” aimed at re-positioning the state and recovering it from the ruins of the past.
He stated that Waku should not see Kogi as his fishing point in his efforts at being heard after decades of obliviousness and irrelevance. Also, he urged Waku not to misrepresent the highly respected Arewa Consultative Forum, an organization that is committed to the development and unity of the Northern Region of Nigeria.
“His assertion that the North will hold the Governor responsible if anything happens to Dino is reckless, unsubstantiated, uncharitable and indefensible”, he said.  The governor through his representative, admonished Waku to apologize to the people of Kogi State for his wanton allegations and also to the Arewa Consultative Forum for allowing his uninformed position embarrass the noble organization.
He further stated that, Sen. Dino Melaye’s alleged attack is being investigated by the Police.  He said, however that Waku should explain to Nigerians the reasons behind his  desperation to pin the Governor to the allegation. Furthering his statement, he made known that Waku’s act has shown how low he has gone over the years in his business of causing unnecessary controversies.
“Senator Dino Melaye knows the implications of alleging that Governor Yahaya Bello was behind the attacks on him. He won’t toe that line because that will be too hot for him to handle. Governor Yahaya Bello has made criminality difficult in Kogi State. He abhors criminality and would not condone any act of brigandage either against Dino Melaye or by Dino Melaye as the Chief Security Officer of the State”, said the governor’s aide.
He continued further by saying that they are not ignorant of Senator Dino’s plans to make a whirlwind spring out of tea cup and instead of joining issues with him, the government is too focused on the peace of Kogi State. “Nobody will be allowed to disturb the peace of Kogi State. His efforts to make Kogi ungovernable will fail because the people of Kogi State are behind the Governor”, he continued.
“Governor Yahaya Bello is not known for controversies or blackmail. He is prepared to work with people who have the interest of the state at heart. He will never subscribe to blackmail by people who see Kogi as a big elephant that must be shared. We are undaunted by the ongoing comedy but we shall never compromise the security of Kogites.
Those who think the Governor could be intimidated to submission should have a rethink. He is focused on the task of serving the people of Kogi State. The people know their real proponents who are selfless and modest. We shall make our position known after the  Police investigation of the incident. I reiterate that Kogites know the truth about the matter”, Kingsley Fanwo said.
He added that, Sen. Dino Melaye is not the only Senator in Kogi State and while others are empowering their people and complimenting the efforts of the State Government, Melaye was stirring controversies both at the National Assembly and in the state.
“However, The Government of Kogi State is not interested in any mud fight and will therefore not join issues with professional blackmailers. This government was the first to publish its bailout funds and the accounts where the balances were kept. Transparency and accountability are the hallmarks of our government. We are with the people and the people are with us.”
Fanwo urged Kogites to remain solidly behind the Governor as the current war is as a result of the Governor’s refusal to share the Commonwealth of the people with those who think they could constitute themselves into a cabal for corruption and diversion of development funds.
“They are not fighting for the people but their bellies. They want the Governor to share the money he is currently using to build roads, hospitals and schools to them. But the Governor insisted he will use Kogi resources for Kogi people. The people of Kogi know these facts. They can’t be fooled”, he said.

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