By Atabor Julius, Lokoja
Gov Bello Assures Residents of Adequate Security
Against the back drop of the call for secession by IPOB and Coalition of Northern Youths threatening them to leave the North by October 1, 2017, Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has assured all tribes living in the state of their security of lives and property vowed to continue to preach peace, unity and invisibility of Nigeria.
The Special Adviser to Governor Yahaya Bello on Culture and Tourism, Honourable Tokunbo Asubiojo stated this in Lokoja
during the traditional turbaning of Chief Alhaji Audu Oke as Sarkin Yoruba(Oba of Yoruba community, Lokoja by the Maigari of Lokoja HRH Kabir Muhammed Markarfi 111.
Asubiojo explained that Peace and unity are sacrosanct for the overall development of the country, noting that was time for the nation to promote what will unite people rather than those things that will divide them.
The governor’s noted that the people should borrow a leaf from Kogi, stressing that the state is a miniature of Nigeria with divergent languages and cultures living together in peace and harmony.
He commended the monarch for appointing Alhaji Audu Oke (aka Owoniboy) as Oba of Yoruba community from seven Yoruba speaking states residing in the State.
Asubiojo pointed out that this has attested to the character of Alhaji Audu Oke who has continued to foster unity among the people of the host communities over the years.
“Kogi State is a state to emulate. Irrespective of where you come from you can be anything. For example His Excellency Alhaji Yahaya Bello appointed several non-indigenes as special advisers in his cabinet,” he added.
He therefore called on Nigerians to continue live in peace and harmony with their host communities irrespective of where they are.
The Oba of Yoruba Community, Alhaji Audu Oke (Owo ni boy) expressed gratitude to the State Government who approved his appointment.
He assured the State Government of unalloyed support from Yoruba community, saying that the singular honour has remained the symbol of unity for sometimes now.
He commended the Maiagari of Lokoja for the honour bestowed on him, describing him as the father of all saying peace and tranquility is a panacea for sustainable development.