KOGI, Nigeria – The Diaspora Igala group under the aegis of “Ukomu Igala Organization in Diaspora,” has accused governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state of impunity against its people and other citizens of the state.
The group equally urged the entire citizens of the state to see voting of the incumbent Governor out come November 16, 2019, “as a sacred duty to future generations”.
The Diaspora group through it leaders, Dr. John Onuh, Chairman, and Mr. Amos Amodu, Secretary General, in Jos, appealed to security operatives not to allow themselves to be used as foot-soldiers during the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in Kogi state.
“The entire state must see it as a sacred duty to future generations to massively vote out Governor Yahaya Bello on November 16, 2019”, the group said.
“Ukomu Igala Organization in Diaspora calls on INEC and security agencies to ensure they maintain utmost neutrality and transparency in the coming election for the sake of their image and the oath they took to affirm their loyalty to the Nigerian nation.”
The group accused the President Muhammadu Buhari APC led administration for allowing Governor Bello to ruin Kogi State.
“These concerns are made worse by the seeming complicity of the Buhari-led Federal government and its compromised agencies such as the Judiciary, Military, Police, EFCC and INEC.
The group maintained that, “The roles being played by all these agencies in the ongoing attempt to disenfranchise our people, through their actions and inaction are visible for all reasonable Nigerians to see.
It stressed that, “We are especially disturbed by governor Bello’s poise not just to blatantly rape our fledgling democracy, but also his apparent determination to systematically decimate and reverse all of the growth and developmental gains recorded by our people in recent times.
The Diaspora group revealed that, Governor Bello has destroyed most viable sectors of development in Kogi state, including the Kogi State University.
“The legislative branch operates as an appendage of Governor Bello’s executive branch. Governor Bello has completely decimated the only institution that has ensured that Kogites have access to quality higher education, Kogi State University. ”
According to the group, “For over two years now, Governor Bello disbanded the Kogi State University branch of ASUU and sacked most of the lecturers. Nobody was strong enough to call him to order.
It said the state legislature is not spared by the Governor’s mayhem, as members of the Kogi State House of Assembly have become stooge in the hands of the governor.
“He (Yahaya Bello) has used thugs to shut down the Kogi State House of Assembly twice with nobody strong to call him to order or to account for his actions”, they lamented.
The group expressed worries that its people, the Igala speaking extraction have been neglected.
“As we speak, Igala, the ninth largest ethnic group in the country has no seat in a 42 member Federal Executive Council (FEC) where policies are made and decisions on project allocations and execution are carried out.”
“As we speak, no Igala person is deemed good enough to be appointed as an Ambassador to any country in the world,” it further decried.