- Governor Yahaya Bello said “patriotic Nigerians” want President Buhari to seek re-election in 2019
- The Kogi governor said Nigerians are happy with the president’s performance so far
- He, however, urged Nigerians to vote patriotic politicians into the National Assembly saying the president cannot fix Nigeria alone
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has said the decision of “patriotic Nigerians” to extend Buhari’s presidency beyond 2019 was borne out of a genuine desire to deepen good governance and transparency in Nigeria.
The governor who stated this on Saturday, August 18, while fielding questions from some selected international media said President Buhari has saved the nation from economic calamities caused by “deep stealing by the previous administrations in the country”, Vanguard reports.
He said: “As far as we know, Nigerians are happy and satisfied with the performance of Mr President. He is an honest man who is trusted by the international community to take Nigeria to the promised land and will, therefore, be re-elected next year by the masses of this great nation.
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“It is unfortunate that the opposition was doing everything to bring the nation down to justify their desperation to return to power. When a child defecates on a chair, it is expected that the chair will be cleaned and allowed to dry before the child can sit on it again. The Nigerian system is undergoing a serious cleansing process and Mr President should be allowed to conclude his Nigerian rebirth agenda.
“Those who love Nigeria and the strides of Mr President want him to continue the rebuilding process. Our nation was a subject of international scorn for corruption and insensitivity to the plight of the masses. Today, the respect is back because of the personality of Mr President.
“Our economy is looking up and it is trickling down to the states. Kogi state has keyed into the agricultural policies of the federal government to create more jobs and wealth. Our youth and vibrant populace now see a career in agriculture.
“The federal government has been very supportive of our war against criminality in the state; the same way the war against insurgency has been waged with serious-mindedness.
“Nigerians surely do not want the gains of this administration reversed”.
On the current crisis rocking the National Assembly over calls on Senate president Bukola Saraki to resign his position, Bello said he has nothing more to say after the national chairman of the party had stated the position of the party.
“Our national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has stated the position of the party. I have nothing more to say about it.
“What I will just tell Nigerians is that it is not enough to have President Muhammadu Buhari. They must also strive to vote equally patriotic Nigerians into the National Assembly to work with Mr President to make Nigeria great. We must have a National Assembly that has the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians at heart”.
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Legit.ng previously reported that Governor Bello labelled the recent defections from the All Progressives Congress (APC) as an auto-correct system which will help the party get rid of bad eggs within its rank.
The governor who disclosed this through his director general of media and publicity, Kingsley Fanwo, in Lokoja on Thursday, July 2, said the party will remain stronger in the aftermath of the “sieving process”.
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