A Nigeria senator have expressed worry over alleged ‘undemocratic’ moves by Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, reportedly victimising senators from the state.
While speaking during plenary yesterday, Chairman of South East Senate caucus, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, said the Kogi State Governor, “Yahaya Bello behaves like little Hitler.”
The Abia state lawmaker who stated this while lambasting Bello over his alleged high handedness in handling the issue of security in the state, expressed worry that things may get worse if Bello gains control of the police in the state.
Abaribe who maintained that Bello was bad example of youths in leadership, said: “Why would a member of this Hallowed Chamber not be left to do what he has to do for his constituents? It may be him today but it will be another person tomorrow.
“That means if the governor doesn’t like what you are doing, he will send the Police after you. How can we live in this country and have an avowed war hero who told us that ‘once I step into office, I will take care of security’? Yet, things are worse than ever.
“We shouldn’t put this under the table. It was Dino, now Ogembe. Tomorrow it may be Aidoko, all in the same Kogi state.
“People have been running around and saying that we need youths in government. The man in Kogi is a youth but how come this youth does not know what he is doing? There is so much insecurity in this particular place.
“That does not give credence that this country should be handed over to a youth. If we hand over this country to him, what will now happen? This country will be thrown to the dogs. It is not youth but the ideas that you have.
“I want you to even go for that his seat because if that is what is making him feel so big, let someone else challenge him. We cannot continue this way where Senators will be afraid to go home because somebody is sitting down there, deciding that he will be a little Hitler.”
The Deputy Senate Leader, Bala Na’ Allah, in his contribution tagged Governor Bello a ‘threat’ to Nigeria’s democracy.
“Yesterday it was Dino, some people are saying it’s because Dino is creating problem, what problem is Ogembe creating? The issue of Kogi is a very serious matter. From what I have been reading, I have tried to restrain myself from commenting but it appears we can validly say that the Governor of Kogi is a threat to our democracy,” he said.
The Senate Chief Whip, Olusola Adeyeye, who described Gov. Bello as a ‘small mind’ occupying a great office, urged his colleagues to take an incremental approach in addressing the issue.
“When we see what has just been described to us in details, it describes to us the huge tragedy for so long has afflicted Nigeria and that is the tragedy of small minds occupying great offices. Unfortunately, this tragedy defies party affiliation because we have seen it with APC governors, we have also seen it with PDP governors.
“The Inspector-General of police must be asked to investigate and report back to the Senate within one week. If we are not satisfied with what we are told by the IG, we must summon the minister in charge of police to the Senate. If we are not satisfied, I believe we should go to the President and report all the abuses happening in every part of Nigeria.”
In his comment, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, said the governor will never win a re-election if he continues in the manner he is acting.
“Today I am advising the governor that the road he is travelling will not lead him to anywhere. Ultimately, these people (senators) will be back here and he will leave the office. If he doesn’t stop, there is no way he will come back in Kogi State in 2019. Never, he will not!”
The senators’ reaction came as one of them, Ahmed Ogembe (Kogi-PDP), accused the governor of sponsoring thugs to attack his supporters after a failed attempt to disrupt an empowerment programme he organised for his constituents.