Kogi State Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello has observed that Nigeria would have collapsed without God’s intervention through installing President Muhammadu Buhari as president of the country.
The governor who disclosed this in Lokoja, while briefing journalists on the state of the nation, said the emergence of Buhari as president in 2015 saved the country from failure and total collapse.
Noting that there was no way the country would have survived the gory activities of the Boko Haram sect and the monumental corruption of the time, Bello called on all Nigerians to continue to support the Buhari administration as he drives the nation out of recession.
“Nigeria would have become a failed state if Buhari didn’t emerge as the President of Nigeria”, he said, adding that Buhari has brought “immense stability and credibility to the corridors of governance”.
His words: “Before 2015, insurgents were already capturing the Northeast, hoisting their flags in many local government areas in Borno. They killed many of our compatriots and our gallant soldiers, burnt mosques and churches as well as kidnapped many of our students, children and women. Boko Haram is a sad page in our history.
“We can’t also forget too soon, how corruption was almost bringing our nation to her knees and our institutions were drained, abused and destroyed”.
The governor said the emergence of President Buhari has not only restricted the operations of Boko Haram, but has seen government boldly winning the war against insurgency in Nigeria.
He continued: “President Buhari has virtually won the war against insurgency. Sambisa Forest witnessed unprecedented military operations to free our nation from the enemies of humanity and we are beginning to breath an air of freedom. We are also witnessing dramatic recovery from the corruption-induced recession bedevillingd our nation.
“One of the benefits of having President Buhari at this time is the global respect he has. The international community helping Nigeria recover her stolen wealth because it is sure we are not collecting from a thief to give to another thief. The world believes in the integrity of the Nigerian leader”.
Bello added that the Nigerian story was not different from the Kogi story, assuring the people of the state that he will continue to serve them, restore security, enthrone prosperity and make corruption a taboo in the state.
He said his administration’s commitment to civil service reforms was borne out of the need to have capable hands to render excellent services to the Kogi people.
He urged politicians to leave 2019 to God and allow his government concentrate on delivering the promises in the New Direction Blueprint of his administration, saying his administration will never be distracted.
Bello noted: “Politicians could be very selfish. They campaign to win elections and keep campaigning in office. I am not interested in continuing with political campaign now. I am focused on fulfilling my promise to the people of Kogi State.
“We need to pause politics and attend to the needs of our people. That is why we are improving infrastructure and agriculture in the state to reduce poverty. We are improving education and healthcare because they have direct bearing on the people. Kogi is witnessing tremendous turnaround under my watch,” he added.