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One of the best things that happened to America was seeing a blackman in the White House as the American President. Some of the white supremacists thought it was a dream. And to prove that it wasn’t a dream but a deliberate decision of the American people, President Obama got elected for a second term.
In Kogi state today, the act of seeing a minority tribe occupy the government house is being threatened rather than strengthened. Governor Yahaya Bello is on record as the most insulted governor in the history of Kogi state. All his laudable achievements are being regarded as nothing, and many people are oblivious of this.
The contemporary issue we have in Kogi state is the same issue that many other states have, and that is the issue of irregular payment of salary. Even the federal government may soon have the same issue, if care is not taken. And that is what President Muhammadu Buhari is trying to avert by giving a directive that no agency of government should embark on any fresh recruitment, apart from the military, paramilitary and the police. This is contained in paragraph 65 of his 2018 budget presentation speech.
Kogi is a project anchored by Prince Abubakar Audu who came to clear the bush. After his tenure, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris came on board to fall the lots of trees and clear the ground. At the end of his eight years tenure, Capt. Idris Wada came on board to lay the reinforcements. Now GYB stepped in to raise the blocks to possibly conclude the sub-structure part of the project.
2019 is not in the hands of any mortal. If God decides that GYB has not completed his role by 2019, not even all the politicians put together plus propaganda will be able to stop him.
Fellow Kogites, it’s not that I am unmindful of the challenges that you may be facing as an individual, but I implore you to exercise patience. I am doing my bit along with other progressive minded colleagues of mine from Kogi state in the national assembly to assist the governor in curtailing the menace. One of the main challenges that we face is the challenge of drawing a line between politics on one hand, and the issues that affect our destiny as a people on the other hand. When we learn to draw these fine lines, we will be better for it.
It’s easy to criticize or complain, especially with social media. What about a different approach? Be a light, not a judge. Be a model, not a critic.
God bless Kogi state!
– Hon. Yusuf Ahmed Tijani Damisa
Member, House of Representatives
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