Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, said he has taken a proactive step to avert an impending crisis that would have resulted in the loss of lives and property at the annual celebration of Kabba Day.
The Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Petra Onyegbule, told our Reporter in a telephone conversation that the governor’s inability to make a scheduled appearance at the Kabba Day, was to prevent the possible chaos that might disrupt peace at the event .
Onyegbule said that the alleged attack on Dino Melaye by some aggrieved Kogi west youths, would have been worsened if the governor was present at the event, saying as the father of the state the governor decided to stay off to avert further violence.
As the chief security officer of the state, whose job is to ensure the protection and safety of lives and property of the citizens, Gov Bello is committed to making sure that the onerous task of ensuring the safety of the entire citizens was never compromised.
According to her, the governor has said it countless times that no single life is worth being lost for any political misunderstanding.
“If my appearance would hurt anyone, I would rather stay away and let everyone be at peace. Kogi is for all of us, and together we shall build the state of our dream”.
The governor, however urged the youths to shun any act of violence that could disrupt peace across the state, stressing that every life is important to him irrespective of who is involved.
Bello felicitated with the good people of Kabba on the occasion of their annual day celebration and wished them a happy celebration.
The Governor announced the donation of the sum of N20 million by the State Government to support the progress of the good people of Kabba.
The governor later had a meeting with traditional rulers, some elites and political office holders from Kabba/Bunu LGA before he left for Lokoja.
Hon. Tajudeen Yusuf, member of the House of Representatives representing Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu Federal Constituency, and other key politicians from the area were present at the meeting.