By Boluwaji Obahopo
LOKOJA—Serving members of the National Assembly from Kogi State have petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari over perceived insecurity in the state.
The petition dated 30th July, 2018 was addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari and jointly signed by the three Senators and five House of Representatives members from the state.
The petitioners are Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi West), Senator Ahmed Ogembe (Kogi central) and Senator Atai Aidoko (Kogi East), while the Reps members are; Hon.Tajudeen Yusuf, (Kabba/Bunu/Ijumu Fed constituency), Hon. Benjamin Okolo (Dekina/Bassa Fed constituency), Hon. Karimi Sunday, (Yagba Fed constituency), Hon. Emmanuel Egwu (Idah/Ofu/ Igalamela Fed constituency) and Hon. Omale Hassan (Omala/Ankpa/Olamaboro)
A copy of the petition which was made available to newsmen yesterday alleged that the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello had been using state resources to import Military Hardware illegally for his hoodlums who carry out his violent instructions.
But the governor in his response through his Director General, Media and Publicity, Kingsley Fanwo, said the Federal lawmakers were blinded by partisan politics and been hunted by their constituencies.
Bello in his response said, “Governor Yahaya Bello has been the best Governor in tackling insecurity in Nigeria. For a group of legislators in the National Assembly to allege the same Governor is arming thugs reflects the fact that they are either blinded by bitter partisanship or they do not know what they are saying.
“In Kogi State, thuggery has been blacklisted by the present administration. The previous administrations in the state has a history of arming and prodding thugs to unleash violence on political opponents. Political assassinations were on the rise and opponents of government were living in fear until the present administration came on board to guarantee security for all Kogites irrespective of their political beliefs.
“We urge the legislators to desist from overheating the politics of the state with their penchant for destructive propaganda. Anyone who has problems with his constituents should go and resolve them amicably as the state Government will henceforth not tolerate politically schemed violence.
“We also want to reinstate the commitment of the administration to ensure security for all Kogites.
However, the petition reads in part; “The cry has become imperative because persons holding contrary or alternatives political views with Governor Bello can no longer move freely within the state, neither can they hold political meetings or conduct political activities such as town hall meetings, constituency empowerment programmes without violent interruptions by the state government and its agents.”