- Governor Yahaya Bello has debunked a statement attributed to him casting aspersions on the Igala people
- Few days ago, an image of the governor appeared online falsely attributing a quote to him
- The governor denied making the statement, describing it as bigoted, insensitive, insulting, and instigating
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi has debunked a statement attributed to him casting aspersions on the Igala people of the state.
Few days ago, an image of the governor appeared online falsely attributing a quote to him, saying he can buy the votes of an average Igala man with N6,000.
The governor denied making the statement, describing it as bigoted, insensitive, insulting, and instigating.
In a statement personally signed by him and sent to Legit.ng on Tuesday, February 19, the governor stated that the quote attributed to him is completely false.
Part of the statement read: “A few days ago an image of me was posted online with a quote which insults the family and political values of a section of our society. The unforgivably inflammatory text attached to the post, which is completely false, was attributed to me.
“The said statement is incredibly bigoted, insensitive, insulting, and instigating. I did not make it and I could not have made it because it offends my values and worldview. I am disgusted that anyone would not only think it up, but go ahead to ascribe it to me.
“My signature has been uniting our people in and out of government. In my very first appointments after inauguration I symbolically appointed 3 gentlemen, one from each senatorial district of Kogi state, into key positions. Since then, I have not relented in preaching and practicing unity and peace and progress of all Kogites.
“My time in office has been singularly dedicated to breaking down the walls of ethnicity which divide us and institutionalising equity and equality. Thus, when people cook up lies like this and circulate it publicly without giving thought to the possible dangers to society, I become even more committed to defending our oneness with all the resources at my disposal.
“While it is usually not my practice to respond personally to issues like this, when a post is particularly incendiary like this one, it becomes tantamount to soaking the fabric of our society in fuel and trying to put fire to it. In such circumstances, I consider it my duty to step up personally to douse the flames.”
The governor assured the people of Kogi state that those behind the action would be brought to book.
“I urge Kogites to ignore the current failed attempt to disunite us by the agents of destabilisation. Some of them were already standing trial for cybercrimes and fake news before now.
“At the appropriate time, we will make sure that they face the law for this particular attempt too,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Kogi state APC campaign council has rejected the purported endorsement of all Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates, including the presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, by the Kogi East Elders and Council (KEEC).
Director-General of the APC campaign council in the state, Mr. Edward Onoja in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Thursday, February 14, described the endorsement as 'totally inconsequential.'
Onoja who is also the chief of staff to the Kogi state government, said members of the KEEC only serve the interest of their members, families and cronies.
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