Kogi crisis: Governor Bello appeals for calm

Timothy Choji, Abuja

Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello has urged citizens of the state to remain calm and support the new administration, in order to move the state forward.

The Governor, who made the call in the State House, Abuja, while speaking to journalists, said the state had suffered a lot in the past and the time to move forward was now.

According to Governor Yahaya Bello, Kogi state, Central Nigeria has had its fair share of political turmoil in recent past but his assumption of office in January calmed the situation.

He says the relative peace must be sustained through the support of the people as he works hard, together with his team, to chart a new course.

“The people should remain calm. Kogi state has bled over a long period of time. This is not the time for political crisis. This is  the time to work and I am ready to work. I am not here to have any political differences with anybody whoever is ready to join me, should do so and let’s fix Kogi state,” he appealed.

Governor Bello said the state had since applied for bailout funds from the federal government, in order to address the pressing needs of the state.

“We re-applied for the bailout and it’s still being processed. To the best of my knowledge, the last administration did not go on with the process properly, which we are doing now to correct that, in order to access the money and assist our people,” The Governor said.

Commenting on the crisis rocking the state House of Assembly, the Governor denied knowledge of that, as he said all was well with the state and its legislature.

“The House of Assembly is sitting and we have absolute peace in Kogi state and the Executive arm is also functioning well and we are doing the best we can. We have a Speaker that is presiding over the affairs of the House. So I don’t know if there is any problem there,” he said.

It could be recalled that the Kogi State House of Assembly was recently engulfed in a leadership crisis that resulted in the National Assembly wading into the matter, by taking over the work of the House, as provided by law.