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Yar’Adua, Abu-Ali bag Yahaya Bello’s posthumous peace Idol award

By Lizzy Okoji

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi presented a posthumous “Peace Idol” award to the late President Umaru Yar’Adua and the late Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Abu-Ali for their contributions to the peace process in Nigeria.

Yahaya Bello rewarded the late icons of peace during their birthday celebration in Lokoja.

The governor, who is an advocate for a peaceful and secure Nigerian, said that “the peace and security of a country is in the hands of the citizens; hence the need to recognize those who have contributed to the process.

“The late President Umaru Yar’Adua was a man very passionate about peace in Nigeria. He led the process to restore peace and stability to the Niger Delta when unrest was at its height.

“He launched the amnesty program to achieve peace and reconciliation by offering amnesty to all militant groups in the creeks.

“He created the Niger-Delta ministry to meet the needs of the region which produces the bulk of the resources that support the nation,” he said.

According to him, this ushered in an era of peace and stability in the region and strengthened Nigeria’s image in the community of nations.

“The late Lieutenant Colonel. Muhammad Abu-Ali, our own son died in the line of duty while vigorously fighting the Boko Haram insurgents.

“The brave Abu-Ali led the battle to reclaim towns already occupied by Boko Haram insurgents.

“He died protecting the country he loved and the testimonies of those who served under him show that he is truly exceptional and courageous.

“Today we pay tribute to these great men for their efforts for peace in this country,” said Bello.

In a video message, Hajiya Turai Yar’Adua, wife of the late President Yar’Adua, appreciated Bello for the special recognition of her husband’s efforts for peace and development in Nigeria.

Receiving the award on behalf of the Yar’Adua family, Mallam Isa Yuguda, former Governor of Bauchi State and son-in-law of the late President, appreciated Governor Bello for this recognition.

Yuguda said that just like late President Yar’Adua, Bello was a man of peace, which can be seen in the state he rules.

Brigadier General Abu-Ali (rtd), father of the late Abu-Ali, also appreciated Bello for the special honor rendered to his late son, saying the family were happy that his efforts were recognized. (NAA)

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