Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahay Bello has called on northern leaders to emulate the virtues of Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto, in order to take the region to the next level of development.
Governor Bello made the call at the Government House, Lokoja, Thursday when the delegation of Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation led by former governor of Kano , Senator Ibrahim Shekarau, paid him a courtesy visit in his office.
The governor lamented that the region had produced numerous leaders and billionaires and yet remained backward in terms of development. He called on the current northern leaders to imbibe the virtues of honesty , transparency , sincerity and accountability that the late Sir Ahmadu Bello was known for, while he held sway as the leader of Northern Nigeria.
He pointed out that his administration has exemplified those virtues of Sardauna in its activities, noting that in Kogi state, there is no segregation among the ethnic groups.
“The late Ahmadu Bello practiced equity, fairness, all inclusive and transparency in governance. That was why he recorded tremendous achievements for the Northern people during his time as leader of the North.
“Ironically, today, lack of sincerity among leaders in the region has become a major problem that hindered the development of the region and the only way to tackle this challenge is when we decide to continually emulate the virtues of the late Sadauna of Sokoto who detest religion and tribal sentiment,” he said .