By Stephen Adeleye
Some stakeholders in Nigeria have praised Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi for his giant leaps in security and his approach to good governance as he celebrates his 46th birthday.
Stakeholders presented the commendation to the GYB @ 46 Birthday Symposium, with the theme:
“Insecurity In Nigeria And Role Of The Youth”, held to mark the Governor’s 46th birthday on Friday at Government House, Lokoja.
In his contribution, the Oni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, congratulated the governor for his security achievements and for his commitment, his concentrated and energetic efforts during the unification of the country.
“I feel your spirit, I see your passion, I see your love for the unity of this great nation.
“The truth must be told because we all know the situation of insecurity that our country is currently facing. What are you going to pioneer?
“Let’s continue to talk to our people by engaging them. We must continue to deliberate on our peaceful coexistence, ”he said.
The traditional chief urged the governor to think deeply about what he would pioneer, what he would stand up for or what he would be known for, and vowed to always be there for the governor at all times, to any time.
Ogunwusi stressed the need to bring governance to young people, saying they make up over 70 percent of the country’s population and should be mainstreamed.
Also speaking, a resource person and one of the panelists, Chief George Moghalu, congratulated the governor on his accomplishments in the state and urged him to be a role model that young people in this country would like to emulate.
Moghalu praised the governor for involving a large percentage of women in his government.
He underlined the important role that families play in ensuring the peace and security of any nation.
“We are in a country where criminals are celebrated; family moral ethics have been eroded. There is the need to go back to the base which is the family and our fundamental problems as a country.
“We also continued to focus on certificates instead of celebrating quality skills; it is necessary to diversify the economy of this country.
“The government must create and provide an enabling environment for private sector development, because the government cannot do it alone or give jobs to everyone,” he said.
For his part, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, former Minister of Aviation, congratulated the governor for fighting headlong security in Kogi and for always respecting his words.
He also commended the governor for his wisdom and personal initiative in mediating and peacemaking in resolving recent issues between northern food traders and their southern counterparts.
“He’s the kind of man we need nationally in this country,” said Fani-Kayode.
In her commentary, panelist Dr Bilkisu Magoro stressed the need for the inclusion of women in governance, saying that women know what the problems are and know how to deal with them.
According to her, of all the states in Nigeria, only Kogi has the highest number of affirmative women, even more than the required 35%.
“This is why Kogi State enjoys peace more than any other state. Women should be more involved in governance; greater inclusion of women in governance is the way forward, ”said Magoro.
Also speaking, Professor Chris Nwaokobia, noted that the country has lost what should unite us effectively, saying that “every ethnic group has taken offense at one time or another”.
According to him, what we need to do is look at the things that unite us, strengthen them and build on them.
“The time has come for us to bury these things that divide us. Now is the time to stop the killings and unite Nigeria.
“I believe that the youth of Nigeria can get our country out of the current situation.
“I believe in GYB’s ability to take our country to greater heights,” he said.
In his response, the Governor noted that his administration is sincere, transparent and decisive, inclusive and open to all without distinction of tribe, ethnicity or religion.
“Our government is inclusive. We sort out the best hands for those who are ready to serve; my cabinet includes all of the major tribes in Nigeria.
“We are raising young leaders who will take over because there is time for everything.
“I implore our leaders and our fathers to pay attention to what we have done in Kogi State. Believe it or not, Kogi is the most peaceful state in Nigeria, ”Bello said.
The highlight of the occasion was the unveiling and launch of a book titled: “GYB Through Cases: A Compendium of Historic Electoral Challenges and Victory,” written by Shadrach Emmanuel.
Other dignitaries present at the event were the Deputy Speaker of the Senate, Ovi Omo-Agege; the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; and the Governor of Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdulrasak; among others. (NAA)
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Edited by Vincent Obi