Governor Bello holds Traditional Rulers in high esteems Kogi – Ozigi
The Honourable Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in Kogi State, Barrister Deedat Ozigi has said that Governor Yahaya Bello holds the traditional rulers in the state in high esteem hence their emergence has continued to be rancor-free.
The Commissioner disclosed this at the Palace of the Olujumu of Ijumu land, Oba Williams Ayeni when he led the Governorship candidate of the ruling All Progressive Congress, Alhaji Ododo Ahmed Usman and team to seek for royal blessings in Iyara yesterday.
According to him, no traditional ruler in the state can say he paid one kobo before he was appointed and noted that the Governor out of respect he has for the institution allowed things to run naturally without any interference of any kind, hence the emergence of all the traditional rulers in the state are seamless.
He said even the Atta Igala which many people felt will bring controversy was properly handled and followed up meticulously, that more than one year, the ministry was on it to guide against any shortcoming in the process.
He said the Governor, having realized the important roles being played by the royal fathers in promoting peace and tranquility, decided to partner with them through the local government Chairmen to continue to provide the needed leadership that will strengthen the security of lives and properties within their domain hence all Royal Fathers enjoy cordial relationship with the administration.
He noted that whatever Governor Yahaya Bello is seen doing will be consolidated when Alhaji Ododo Ahmed Usman takes the mantle of leadership in the state, urging the Olujumu of Ijumu to continue to pray for the government as a father for all.
Also speaking, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Pharmacist Jamiu Asuku corroborated Barrister Ozigi, stressing that Alhaji Ododo Ahmed Usman has been part of the system hence the people have nothing to fear rather he will do more when elected.
He said the people of Okunland/Kogi West needs to appreciate the recently established University in Kabba, pointing out that though the institution is sited in Kabba being the headquarters of the senatorial district but it is for the benefits of the entire district, Ijumu inclusive.
He cited the Kano experience where the Governor that succeeded the immediate past administration because they are not of the same party is seen using the same government money to destroy structures put in place with taxpayers money because of party differences. He urged the people not to allow such in Kogi state in order to have continuity in governance in the state.
In his reaction, Oba Ayeni commended the team for deeming it fit to seek royal blessings for the success of their political journey, stressing that Governor Yahaya Bello will have a worthy successor in Alhaji Ododo Ahmed Usman.
He said though traditional rulers are not politicians but they can pray and whatever prayers they offered for anyone would be answered by God since they are enthroned by God to oversee the administration of their subjects.
He commended the administration for the grading and upgrading of traditional rulers in the state, particularly those from Ijumu, urged them to also look into some others like the Ologidi of Ogidi land who according to their tradition, Ogidi is the leader of Ijumu Oke and it is very important for the stool to be at par with others in the remaining two districts that now have two first class each.
Oba Ayeni said the traditional rulers will continue to cooperate and support any initiative that will promote unity, peace and development of their area.
Highlight of the visit was offering of prayers for the team.
Others on the entourage include, Hon Basir Mohamed Gegu, Commissioner for Solid Mineral Resources, Hon Abdulkareem Egidi, Ajaokuta House of Reps member, Hon Adewale Omofiaye, Commissioner for Environment, Hon Tayo Ishaya, Member of Ijumu in Kogi Assembly, Hon. Moses Olorunleke, Executive Chairman, Kabba-Bunu LGA,Hon Richard Osaseyi, Mr Haruna Dstv etc.