Kogi state governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello has urges leaders across the country to desist from inciting the public against President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, saying that the president was “doing his best to transform the nation.”
The governor made the call Sunday during Eid el-Kabir prayers in Okene, even as he advised Nigerian leaders who had lived their lives and benefitted from the nation to give peace a chance in the interest of the nation and the people.
“Leaders should stop inciting people against the security agents of the country and the president as whoever found wanting will certainly face the full wrath of the law. The president is doing his best and there is need for Nigerians to give him total support; we are not unaware that there are challenges, but gradually he will surmount them,” he said.
Bello appealed to politicians, aspirants and their supporters to go about their campaigns in a peaceful manner that “will not impede the peaceful coexistent of the people.”
He, however, warned that whoever indulged in electoral violence before, during and after elections would be treated “like a common criminal.”
“I am appealing to my teeming supporters that this is democracy and it has become expedient for politicians to challenge me in an election and that should not be seen as an offence. Those challenging me in the forthcoming APC primaries should be given an equal opportunity to contest. As a responsible government, the security of lives and property of Nigerians is our priority and we will extend it to all aspirants.”
He gave the assurance that his administration would continue to provide adequate security for the citizens, stressing that “whoever indulges in political violence will face the full wrath of the law.”
In his sermon, the acting chief Imam of Ebira land, Alhaji Salihu Abere, cautioned Muslims against making statements capable of causing disharmony in the central Senatorial district of the state in particular and the entire country.
He charged the people to be prayerful at all times, saying “it is only through prayers that we can enjoy God’s mercies.”