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I’ll Not Be Deterred By Sponsored Attacks – Gov. Bello

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Yahaya BelloGovernor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has said those who attacked him at a mosque in Lokoja, the state capital on Friday afternoon, were sponsored political miscreants who saw his ongoing reforms in the state as inimical to their selfish interests.

He said some of the attackers were promptly apprehended by security agents and market women, adding that the “politically motivated attack” would be thoroughly investigated.

Some aggrieved residents of the Confluence state had hurled stones, rotten fruits and vegetables at the governor’s convoy shortly after he observed Juma’at prayers in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the state’s creation.

The attackers decried the worsening economic situation, worsened by months of non-payment of salaries.

Friday’s attack against Gov. Bello, who assumed office in January, came about a fortnight after he suffered a similar fate while visiting Ankpa, the headquarters of Ankpa Local Government Area of the state.

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The governor, in his reaction to the yesterday’s incident, accused his political adversaries of ‘importing’ thugs into the state in a desperate bid to maintain the status quo.

“We are not unaware of scheming by change resistors to sponsor attacks against government officials”, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo said. “Sponsoring attacks against the Governor will not stop our march to restore sanity to the polity”.

Mr. Fanwo also attributed the attack to a raging ‘syndrome’ occasioned by the governor’s sweeping reforms in the state’s civil service, promising that the names of those suffering from it would soon be published.

“The administration of Governor Yahaya Bello will soon publish the names of corrupt citizens of the state who are behind the ‘Ghost Workers’ syndrome”, he asserted.

Mr. Bello had since coming into power in controversial circumstances, embarked on a broad re-verification exercise for the state’s civil servants, citing widespread abuse in workers payroll, a situation he said saw the state losing billions to fraud in a state bleeding from diminishing revenues.

His insistence on sanitizing the payroll pitted him against the organized labour in the state, who accused his administration of insensitivity to workers’ plight.

Mr. Bello thanked Kogites, who swung to action and repelled Friday’s attack against him and his entourage, adding that they should remain resolute in their support towards the restoration of the “lost glory of the state”.

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his nationwide broadcast over the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking the country.

Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.

He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.

Also Read: President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech – Full text

Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.

The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the killing of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos.

This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.

Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.

Also Read: Shehu Sani Condemns Shooting Of #EndSARS Protesters At Lekki Toll Gate

“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.

“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.

“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.

 

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has declared his intention to lead the #EndSARS protest against police brutality ongoing nationwide.

He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.

Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.

Also Read: Fayemi Names Members Of Judicial Panel On Human Rights Violations By Police

He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.

The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.

He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.

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