- An APC group in Kogi state, APC Stakeholders Forum and Oppressed Citizens of Kogi State, sent message to VP Osinbajo over crisis in the state
- The APC stakeholders accused the state governor and his chief of staff of sponsoring militias and thugs to silent those they perceived as their enemies
- The stakeholders added that Kogi people feel abandoned by the presidency for allegedly keeping silent in the face of what is going on in the state
Stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi state have called on Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to address the challenges facing the state.
The party chieftains under the aegis of APC Stakeholders Forum and Oppressed Citizens of Kogi State warned of an impending doom in the state, if the federal government fails to intervene in the matter, The Nation reports.
Their message was contained in a five-page letter titled Request for Urgent Intervention in the Governance and Security of Lives and Property in Kogi State, signed by Chief Alex Kadiri.
Kadiri said the state was fast degenerating into a situation far worse than Ekiti state when former President Olusegun Obasanjo declared a state of emergency and removed the governor.
The letter reads partly: “When a people are under siege or attack, it is the time for their leaders to step up to defend and protect them. But when the imposed leaders are the ones, who lay siege or attack the people, where will defence, protection or help come from?
“This is the story of Kogi today. The affliction the state is suffering is from the duo of the state governor, Governor Yahaya Bello, and his Chief of Staff, who doubles as his deputy governor and many times the de facto governor, whose name is Edward Onoja.
"Anyone, who is perceived not to be in their support dares not cross boundary lines into Kogi state.
“There are so many cases and examples that it will take too much time to itemise in this letter. Thuggery, banditry, violence and killings have become normal in Kogi state."
The stakeholders added that even Kogi citizens who are not resident in the state are being harassed by the state government-sponsored militias and thugs.
“Citizens of Kogi outside Kogi state don’t fare better. They are under constant threat from the state government and their militias and violent gangs and thugs. They are also becoming poorer because of the unbearable poverty in the state because they constantly receive SOS messages daily for help or death from back home,” the letter reads further.
The stakeholders further said the Kogi people feel abandoned by the presidency for allegedly keeping silent in the face of the reported ill-treatment from the Kogi state government.
“The people of Kogi state feel left out of the Presidency’s kind attention to citizen problems across the states. Not for appointment or project or programmes reason, but solely because of a silence in the face of how the state government continues to inflict poverty pain and death on Kogites, who are Nigerians too,” Kadiri added.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Osinbajo, said on Thursday, August 1, that Kogi state has everything it requires to make it great if its resources are well harnessed with the right vision and leadership.
The vice president, represented by the director-general of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC), Babatunde Irukera, stated this at the unveiling of 'Kogi vision’ in Abuja.
He described Kogi as a state with diversity and confluence of opportunities, critical for the development of the state and the nation.
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