The Kogi State Government has hailed the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students for aborting their proposed national protests, describing the move as “wise, patriotic and in tune with the current security realities”.
The Kogi State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr Kingsley Fanwo made this known while addressing newsmen at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport, Bauchi, Friday, saying the Kogi State Government appreciates the “great decision” of the students’ body.
“It is a known fact that the Kogi State Government under the leadership of Governor Yahaya Bello has shown an unparalleled determination and commitment to develop and empower the youth of this nation.
“Youth from Anambra, Kaduna, Borno, Lagos and many other states of the Federation are working with the Governor to put Kogi on the high ratings she enjoys today.
“90% of the cabinet of the Kogi State are youth and from across the nation. We have signed the Youth Commission Bill into Law and have empowered our Youth through sound education, agriculture and ICT.
“In our tertiary institutions, there are no industrial actions as we have eliminated all encumbrances against the education of our present next-generationtion leaders.
“Any protest at this point will unbalance our fragile security situation. Our youth have shown patriotism by refusing to endanger our people. They also did well by seeing through the destabilization agenda of opposition without ideas. What PDP want is for this nation to join her in the ashes. It won’t happen”.
On the reported threat of the State Government against protesters, the Commissioner said the Governor wouldn’t threaten his “friends”.
“I think the State Official was quoted out of context. The Governor is a young man and all Nigerian youth are his friends. He wouldn’t threaten them.
“What the State Security Adviser warned against was extreme actions which usually endanger the people. Protest is a right of the people and the Governor is a respecter of human rights. But we would not condone any action that will threaten the peace we enjoy in Kogi State.
“The Governor is the hope of the Nigerian youth and they have shown faith in his leadership. He will not disappoint them”, he said.
When asked about the Presidential ambition of the Governor, Fanwo said it is “the ambition of the Nigerian women, youth and the generality of Nigerians”.
“The Governor is not deaf to the rousing calls on him to come and lead the nation. He is monitoring the situation. You could see how the people here are also chanting his name. We are already overwhelmed but our heads are cool. We know what we want and what Nigerians want.
“The twin problems of Nigeria are disunity and insecurity. The President is doing his very best and should be commended. But Nigerians also know the man who can consolidate his efforts is that man that united Kogi and ensured security.
“Yahaya Bello is a geopolitical brand. He is a national brand trusted by all to deliver. He has not accepted the call but he won’t reject it when he eventually speaks”.