The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese and Convener of the National Peace Committee, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, is not impressed with Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State. He believes that Governor Bello is not a good example of the potential of Nigerian youth.
Bishop Kukah expressed his sadness about the current violence in Kogi State before the upcoming governorship election. He mentioned that Governor Bello, who is only 48 years old, had the chance to show what young people can achieve if given the opportunity. Unfortunately, Bishop Kukah feels that Governor Bello has not lived up to this expectation.
Governor Bello became the Chief Executive of Kogi State in 2015 after the death of Abubakar Audu, who was initially the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Governor Bello was then elected for a second term in November 2019.
Bishop Kukah also spoke about the ongoing conflict between the labour movement leadership and the Imo state government. He called for peace and urged all parties involved to find a peaceful resolution. He emphasized that it is important to think about the common good and the well-being of the people when making decisions.
Bishop Kukah highlighted the importance of civil society organizations, unions, and churches acting in the best interest of everyone. He mentioned that without a stable country, there can be no trade union. He pointed out the current situation in the Middle East as an example of the consequences of instability.
Bishop Kukah appealed to the police and other relevant agencies to ensure security during the governorship elections in the three states. He emphasized that the welfare and well-being of the people should not be sacrificed for personal or group interests.