Kogi State government has raised the alarm over covert and overt plots to strike the flames of ethnic resentment, division and hate ahead of the November 11, 2023 gubernatorial election in the state.
In a statement issued by the commissioner for information and communications, Kingsley Fanwo, in Lokoja, yesterday, the state government fingered “agents of political desperation who are bent on destroying the unity and peace enjoyed by the state” as masterminds of the plot.
Fanwo stated that their “unintelligent approach has been to push ethnically divisive words and attribute the same to Governor Yahaya Bello in order to incite certain ethnic groups against his person and his administration.
“These statements are not only false, but also an ignominy of dragging our state back to the conquered era of ethnic chauvinism.”
Fanwo said Governor Yahaya Bello, through his actions, projects, appointments and unifying leadership credentials, has succeeded in building the state into what politics cannot balkanize. He insisted that Kogi remain a united and prosperous state.
“We urge members of the public to look out for, and ignore those inciting falsehoods as well as report those who circulate them to law enforcement agencies. It is clearly the handiwork of politicians who do not have the interest of the state at heart.
“Until his last day in office, Governor Yahaya Bello will continue to work hard to improve livelihood in the state, keep the people united and continue to serve all Kogites irrespective of their religion, ethnicity and political beliefs. What binds us together is stronger than the desperate wishes of the enemies of the state,” he said.