Bello says it is to afford people of the State to Pray for the progress of the country…
By: Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
Mixed reactions have continued to trail the declaration of Public Holidays for President Buhari’s return by Kogi State Government.
The State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello had on Sunday declared Monday a public holiday for the President Muhammadu Buhari who was on vacation on health ground.
The senator representing Kogi West senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Dino Melaye has lambasted Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello for declaring Monday, 21st August 2017 as Public Holiday to honour President Muhammadu Buhari’s return to the country.
The Federal lawmaker while expressing worries on the way Kogi State is being governed by the present administration noted that the latest action further confirmed Bello’s gross incompetence and outrageously incapable to lead his people.
“President Buhari must be disgusted with the juvenile and boot licking attitude of the butter head governor of Kogi State.
“Kastina State the home State of our beloved President has not declared public holiday,why then is Yahaya Bello taking Pandora for another man’s headache. We love our president in Kogi State no doubt.
“But to take hypocrisy to a legendary level is worrisome. Further confirmation of Bello’s gross incompetence and outrageous incapacitate.
“Declaring pubic holiday will not stop you from going to Prison. Pay civil servants and Pensioners to reduce your prison term. God bless Kogi State,” He said.
In its own reaction,the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the public holiday declared by Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello in honour of President Muhammadu Buhari’s return to the country as aberration.
The party in a statement, signed by Achadu Dickson, Director Research and Documentation, lamented that while it is an acknowledged fact that governance in the state has drifted in the last seventeen month’s, declaring a public holiday in the state is the heights of lack and loss of ideas.
Achadu explained that while governance in the state has been brought to its lowest ebb, with workers owed salaries and pensions for as much as seventeen months, the heavy indebtedness by the state to commercial banks to the tune of N35billion, with nothing to show in terms of infrastructure to show. Leaves much to be desired by the declaration of a public holiday.
While noting that as a party, the PDP shares in the joy of the health recovery of Mr President, and has always joined in the prayers for the quick recovery of the nations number one citizens, loss of man hour with the declaration of a public holiday, is an indication that we have reached the lowest ebb in terms of governance.
The statement said, “the recent government action shows that we’re have entered a one chance administration”, in which the ship of state is heading to no direction.
The PDP in the statement said rather than devote energy to pray for Mr President, citizens should pray for God to heal Kogi State, noting that the state has lost focus, and is losing the decency of comity of serious States in the country,
However in a swift reaction, the Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello had said that the public holiday was declared to celebrate a African icon, President Muhammadu Buhari who went on a medical trip abroad and came back in good health.
The governor who spoke through his Director General on Media and Publicity, Mr Kingsly Fanwo said, “The holiday was to enable the people of Kogi State celebrate the grace of God in bringing Mr. President back alive.
“It also afforded the people of the state the opportunity to pray and fast for the progress of Nigeria and for Mr President to keep waxing stronger for the task ahead.
“It is unfortunate that those condemning it choose to take panadol for our headache. They should join us to celebrate the Lion of Africa and stop politicizing an act of patriotism on the part of the Governor.
“The Governor had a health and celebratory walk today and visited the Specialist Hospital where he declared free medical care for all patients on admission.
“To the beneficial families, it was a great day. God forbids, if Mr. President had died, many states would have declared many days of mourning. But Kogi only declared one day to thank God for saving our President’s life. Are some people angry that Mr President is back, hale and hearty to continue to fight corruption?