- Monday, December 23, was a sad day for the governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello
- It was the day Governor Bello lost his elder sister, Hajia Rabiat Bello, who passed on at the Okene area of the state
- Rabiat died after a protracted sickness at the age of 59
The governor of Kogi, Yahaya Bello, has announced the death of his elder sister, Hajia Rabiat Bello, who passed on at age 59 in the Okene local government area of the state on Monday, December 23.
The governor revealed this on Tuesday through a statement by his chief press secretary, Muhammed Onogu, made available to Legit.ng.
The statement partly read: “With total submission to the will of Almighty Allah, the family of Alhaji Bello Ipemida Ochi regret to announce the death of their beloved daughter, Hajia Rabiat Bello, following a protracted illness at age 59.
“We also wish to notify the public that the 3-day Fidau prayers for the peaceful repose of late Hajia Rabiat will come up on Thursday, 26th of December 2019 at her residence in Agassa , Okene local government area of Kogi state.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the governor had said that the defeat of Dino Melaye, a former senator, by his rival, Smart Adeyemi, at the just concluded Kogi senatorial rerun was a collective decision by people of the state to end ineffective representation.
Bello said this in reaction to the victory of Adeyemi, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the election.
Governor Bello said Adeyemi's victory is the collective manifestation of the virtues of the people of Kogi West.
In a statement by his spokesperson, Onogwu Muhammed, on Sunday, December 1, in Lokoja, the governor said the mandate given to Adeyemi showed the people's collective decision to move away from how they were represented in the immediate past to a more progressive representation that would bring development.
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