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Enough with ethno-religious, political divides – Gov. Bello tells Nigerians

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Enough with ethno-religious, political divides – Gov. Bello tells Nigerians

By Lizzy Okoji

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Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi called on Nigerians to end all forms of ethnic, religious and political divisions threatening the peace, unity and development of the country.

Bello made the appeal Wednesday in Abuja when he received members of the Forum of ex-agitators from the Niger Delta on a solidarity visit for his achievements in security and unity in Kogi.

He said Nigeria could only be mended if everyone, regardless of ethnicity, religious and political views, came together.

He also urged young people not to be used to perpetuate criminal activity, especially by those who have no interest in Nigeria, but to stand up to be part of the leadership process at all levels.

“Let us come together as Nigerians, whether you are from the Niger Delta, whether you are from the East, North, West, South or not, let us come together.

“Enough of this divide the better to reign, enough of this ethnic feeling, enough of these religious feelings.”

“Now is the time to produce the next leaders at all levels. Leadership at the highest level including all these ethnic groups and religions.

“I don’t think you’ve ever seen our leaders trade blows at our meetings. As elites we are united, some only create the fights for you and you fight yourselves. God forbid, I won’t belong to that.

“Let us not allow those who do not have Nigeria’s best interests at heart to use these feelings to divide us and rob us of our resources and crumbs are thrown at us.

“Nigeria is blessed; all it takes is good leadership to harness these blessings, ”said the governor.

Bello added that Kogi’s strategy, if emulated at all levels, would bring the desired change and solution to the challenges facing the country.

He noted that if his state with several different ethnic groups and religions could come together and see itself as one, it could be done in Nigeria.

“What countries at war experience, we don’t have to experience to learn. We, the younger generations, must say no to these divisions.

“I want to assure you that by coming together, by our unity, we will mend Nigeria and when we have mended Nigeria we will have mended Africa,” he said.

According to him, if Nigeria is repaired, it will not only become Africa’s big brother, but even become home to those in the diaspora.

“Our leadership in Kogi Sate and the successes recorded so far is not rocket science but common sense to bring out the best and ensure that government reflects that of democracy,” Bello said.

He congratulated the ex-agitators and the Niger Delta region for the peaceful disposition they have shown towards the current administration.

Forum spokesperson Joshua Opia said the group and the Niger Delta region praised Bello’s leadership styles and strategies, saying it made Kogi one of the peaceful states in the country. country.

“Your experience in Kogi State as a Youth Friendly Governor, the way you brought the oppressed into government, the man who changed the narratives of governance in Kogi State remains appreciated.

“We believe that if every leader applied this same knowledge and wisdom, Nigeria would be a better place for all of us,” Opia said.

(NAN)

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