“If he (Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State) doesn’t stop, there is no how he will come back in 2019. Never! No, he will not. God will show him that he is a God of justice and this is a message to all those people who have caused all kinds of problem in Nigeria at different levels.”
The deputy Senate President, Dr. Ike Ekeweremadu, made these remarks today, Wednesday, while commenting on a motion sponsored by Ahmed Ogembe, senator representing Kogi central during plenary. Senator Ogembe had, in a motion, alleged that Governor Yahaya Bello sponsored thugs to disrupt an empowerment programme he organized for members of his constituency.
Ekweremadu said that such incident indicated that efforts must be made to protect Nigeria’s democracy, warning that the road which governor Yahaya Bello is “travelling will not lead him anywhere.”
According to the deputy senate President, “you will recall that sometime last year when they wanted to recall Dino, I advised the governor that they are wasting the resources of that state; that it is mission impossible.
“They took three pages in the newspaper abusing me. Are we still hearing the recall today? Money has been wasted. Money that would have been used to pay salaries of people in Kogi state was used to mobilize people to recall senator Dino, yet those people have not been paid and Dino is still here.
“So today, I am advising the governor again, that road he is travelling will not lead him to anywhere. Ultimately, these people he is seeing here will be back here and he will leave office.”
Ekweremadu said that the problem in Nigeria is that “our democracy is receding. Who says army cannot take over? Let us not joke with our democracy; that is the issue.
“The house of a senator was destroyed in Kaduna state; we are talking about Kwankwaso who was stopped from going to his state where he ruled for eight years. In Kaduna, Shehu Sani cannot organize a meeting and we are about a democracy? The international community needs to know this because they helped us install democracy.”