By Muhammed D. Adano
The late sir Ahmed Bello, Premier of the northern Nigeria once said that " If we do not blow our own Trumpet no one would do so for us -for they are too busy blowing theirs".
I was privileged to attend Governor Yahaya Bello inauguration January 27th, 2016 at Lokoja. One of the speakers, a bonafide Kogites, a distinguished senator representing the good people of Kogi West senatorial district spoke on 'How God win'. Senator Dino Melaye began by saying that the vote of Almighty God has won. He went further to say that the people of Kogi state from Central, East and to the West casted their votes for Prince Abubakar Audu but God voted for Alhaji Yahaya Bello and returned elected". #Godwin-Ohomorihi Ohun. God has spoken why some people contesting with the word of God.
The stadium witness reverberated with ovation and my Governor Yahaya Bello wept openly during his inaugural speech presentation. Before leaving the podium, the Governor posited that "change has come to Kogi state. I may be the Torch bearer, and custodian of it, but you the great united people of Kogi state are it's owners and proprietors. Let us arise together, take our collective Destiny in our hands and go forth excitedly to chart our New Direction. Kogi, THIS CHANGE IS YOURS".
Indeed, this change of everybody, of nobody is ours as our Governor is working the talk through abolition of state /local government joint allocation and intact the local gov't allocation Autonomy.
The GYB is working the talk through civil service reforms in Kogi state uncovered Unimaginable ghost workers.
The construction and rehabilitation of roads and drainage were ongoing in the state. In other to put back smile into the Kogi state words face, the Governor properly applying for bailout and CBN just approved it for Kogi state whilst vote of confidence passed on Gov. Yahaya Bello by our respected royal fathers and Chiefs in the state is enough testimonies, sign of integrity and a hallmark to people's Governor. Kudos to New Direction!
Fostering enmity is the meanest of all human activities. Unfortunately creating enmity between the Governor and the people, the governing party and so on been promoted by some Kogi state APC chieftain requires nothing more than a good helping of stupidity served up with poor judgement and a disregard for constituted authority and peoples feelings. This people soon find themselves surrounded by a host of people wrangling, cursing and hating at TAO FM Radio Okene met their water low at the exit of the interviewed venue was clear testimony that public were not happy with their ultrances whilst the same audience applauded the follow up rejoinder led by the S.A on SDG, Arch. Abdulmumin Okara at the same station by pin pointing with figures and facts about what Governor Yahaya Bello govt has achieved, doing and want to do in carrying everybody along through the "New Direction- change mafara govt" was clear message to 'Nay' supporters that 'Aye' have it.
It seems sensible to think that the more sincere and objectives the person is, and the more that person safeguards his/her tongue from rashness and thoughtless speech, the safer that person will be from the abuse of others.
If truth must be told as I often repeat that their action mocked love and romanced hate. If his strategy was to deceive unsuspecting party supporters, then the available facts cannot be their ally.
Between the meritocracy and mediocrity! Last week I visited Okene to congratulate my mentor spiritual and temporary, Sheikh Luqman Bin Imam over his recent appointment as a permanent member one of Kogi state pilgrimage board by His Excellency Yahaya Bello. Also learnt that the son of a notable Sheikh Yusuf Lokoja were appointed as well and chaired by Engr.Rabiu Sadiq whose experience and knowledge about the Hajj expectations and challenges can not be doubtful.
I feel happy when I recall how the realization of His Excellency that for him to succeed, the state has to move from self serving - driven to merit service - driven. The people's Governor give me satisfaction when the New Direction continue to appointing three honest serving men to help delivered the electoral promises.
Their names are: i, What have you done. ii, what are you doing. iii, what have you planned to do.
Those names mentioned are men not after ruling or significance but service and usefulness. Because position is not about importance but relevance. Those men of integrity, wisdom, vision, expirence and with the fear of God Almighty may be scarce but where ever my Governor find them why not called them, what stop GYB not to even beg them to come and aides his government to succeed. Life get better when you are connected to the people who are committed to a cause far bigger than themselves.
Those who want to be a masters in hell rather than servant in heaven did not want to hear New Direction's blocking financial linkages, fighting corruption, uncovered ghost workers, uniting clans and tribes, familiarizing our royal fathers, advancing meritocracy and burying god fatherism in the state.
Therefore it is better just to leave the wailers wailing and avoid time consuming and diverts the mind away from more pressing issues that affect the state and the people.
John Ruskin rightly put it that "You may either win your peace or buy it. Win it by resistance to evil; buy it, by compromise with evil".
Pro bono publico, let blow the New Direction Trumpet to win peace by resistance to evil and for our state to win the glory and our Governor to be honoured by posterity Insha Allah.
Mohammed Dauda Adano
Writes from Kano.