By Nkoli Opara (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – According to the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, Nigeria will not be safe and secure until the political class stops using thugs and bandits during electoral contests.
Bello, who made this assertion on Wednesday, during an interview on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, added that he won the November 16, 2019 Governorship Poll fairly without resorting to the use of thugs, which was the tradition of his predecessors.
“When I came on board, I inherited a state that was largely divided along several lines. For you to aspire to be anything politically in Kogi State then, you must have what we call ‘boys’ or thugs or touts and then use it to intimidate people during political dispensations.
“Once the political exercise is over, the so-called boys or thugs or foot soldiers would be abandoned and left to themselves and by that, they breed into something else or a hydra-headed monster that you will not be able to curb at the end of the day. There are several histories, records, and intelligence to that effect across the country.
“But I refused to play that kind of dangerous or unnecessary politics when I came on board. My ascension to the office is known to everybody across the world. I chose my path immediately and decided to deal with criminals irrespective of political affiliations by simply utilising the laws passed by the Kogi State House of Assembly and the existing security architecture,” he said.
Bello further asserted that Kogi State runs an open-door policy, widely embraced by the residents.