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Kogi Deputy Governor, Edward Onoja Writes Gov. Bello Over Mother’s Death

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His Excellency, Yahaya Bello
Governor of Kogi State
Government House
Lokoja

My Dearest Boss and Beloved Siamese Twin,

LETTER OF CONDOLENCE

My heart is grieved at the sad news of the passing away of our dear mother and the matriarch of your paternal family, Hajia Hauwau Oziohu Bello, who answered the call of Allah this evening.

Although mama has lived to a ripe old age, we still prayed that she would give us many more years of her presence, counsel, and blessings. Thus, her passing at this time is both unexpected and painful.

At this heart-rending time, I think of Your Excellency, of your wives and children, of the members of your extended family and of the innumerable multitude of people, including us in the New Direction Team to whom she was also a mother and I feel your loss and pain as my own.

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I cannot think of any word of my own that is adequate for this moment and must, therefore, turn to the Holy Books of our respective faiths to look for ultimate consolation.

Verse 2:156 of the Holy Qur’an gives a universal affirmation of hope: ‘Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un’. Indeed to God the Creator we belong and to Him, we shall return.

Likewise, the Book of Micah chapter 6 and verse 8 of the Holy Bible provides us a universal evaluation of the human mandate: “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”

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We can both testify that mama fully satisfied this mandate in her long and illustrious life. She lived justly and with the fear of God. She demonstrated God’s mercy to multitudes. She was an epitome of saintly Humility.

Therefore, though Mama may no longer walk this earth with us, she is not dead. She has only gone on to the reward of the Faithful after a long and fruitful life here on earth.

Now we have no reason to mourn like those who have no hope.

So, while I pray the Almighty God to comfort you for me in the special ways that only He can, I also pray you to cast away sadness and gloom and celebrate the amazing life and times of our mother with joy and gladness.

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My deepest, heartfelt condolences sir.

Sincerely Yours,

EDWARD DAVID ONOJA (CIK),
Deputy Governor, Kogi State

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Maiwada Lauds President Buhari For Giving Edo State A Free And Fair Election

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Gov Obaseki and President Buhari

 

PDP is in a dilemma. Haven accused APC/Buhari of sending 30,000 policemen to rig the Edo elections and, with Governor Obaseki leading with a comfortable margin so far, will PDP eat its vomit and commend President Buhari’s sportsmanship or will it just pretend it didn’t misled Nigerians by painting as evil President Buhari’s patriotic gesture to provide a conducive atmosphere for Edo citizens to exercise their rights to vote for leaders in as free and fair manner as humanly possible?

Given the tension generated by the Edo election, most citizens fairly believed its going to be bloody with possibly dead bodies matching votes casted. This was averted by President Buhari’s proactive response to the situation. He didn’t allow the desperation and “do or die” tendencies of local APC chieftains to override public peace and safety. He pledged, ensured and enforced fairness so much so that Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, a leading figure in the PDP team, extolled his integrity and commended his insistence and success to conduct perhaps, the freest election in the history of Edo Stats.

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This, in case PDP will still miss it, is the CHANGE President Buhari promised Nigerians. Change from the old ways of doing things on which PDP flourished — something it’s still struggling to comprehend much less, accept. Claims of once being the biggest political party in Africa and all, PDP is yet to understand the concept of one-man-one-vote much less, make sense of a ruling party allowing the opposition to win a critical state. The yet to be concluded Edo election will never happened the way it did under PDP.

Gov Godwin Obaseki of Edo State.

PDP is so used to using security agencies to harass and intimidate Nigerians just to rig elections hence, the cries of wolf where there’s none when Buhari flooded Edo with security agents from different agencies to give Edolites a free and fair election. If APC is unable to pull a rabbit out its hat and Governor Obaseki sail home to victory, I hope PDP will be humble to apologize to President Buhari for giving them what they denied Nigerians for almost two decades.

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Regardless of where it swings, Edo elections is a win-win for President Buhari. Either for winning the election or for, once again, writing his name in gold for being a President who is not shy to implement his character regardless of whose ox is gored!

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The Uncongratulatory Message Of Engr. Musa Wada

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The PDP candidate in the 2019 Kogi State governorship election, Engineer Musa Wada has “congratulated” Governor Yahaya Bello on his Supreme Court victory. The purported congratulatory message is not only mischievous but made in a bad faith and “uncongratulatory” in every sense of it. It is wantonly unsavory.

The keenly contested election and painstakingly conducted electoral trial established that Mr. Wada is no match for Governor Bello; as the former loss convincingly on both sides. It is however amusing that Mr. Wada suddenly found his tongue to purportedly “congratulate” the Governor after 10 days of losing at the Supreme Court and after about 268 days of his defeat at the poll.

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One would have ignored such a mischievous laden “congratulatory message” but to forestall the idea that “Qui tacet consentit”; that is, silence gives consent. It is a disservice to the generation to come if we are silence on the needless issues he raised in that message; for they might take it as giving a consent or agreement to it.

You will also not miss Mr. Wada’s attempt to incite ethnic divisions, public disaffections, misinformation and disdain, all against the person of Governor Bello and sensitivity of the good people of Kogi State. One of such nefarious allegations is how people are dying in Kogi State and how the Government of the day has become a catastrophe. This is all in an attempt to sound like a Hobbesian and to let us know that he has started reading the work of Thomas Hobbes on the state of nature. No matter hard the winning of Governor Bello hit him, he should be reminded that political campaign is gone and there is nothing to contest again.

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The ultimate focus of the government right now, which should be the concern of every progressive minded individual is to see the State progresses and the good people of Kogi State harvest the abundance of the dividend of democracy. This is now about governance, not politics. This is about peaceful coexistence, not divisiveness. This is about dealing with the reality on ground, not chasing shadows. This is about giving a laser like focus to governance, not pedestal distraction. This is about having the Kogi Sate of our dream and this is what Governor Yahaya Bello has set out to accomplish.

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Hon. Deedat Ozigi – An Epitome Of Good Leader

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The new direction Adminstration of his Excellency, Alhaji. Yahaya Adoza Bello is a mise-en-scene to hunter for peculiar character in people whose qualities would have become worse or less value because of the unavailable medium for harnessing it into advantageous use for good purpose.

One dedicated leader whose chances were bright to correl the opportunity into rendering selfless services without second thought is Hon. Deedat Ozigi, the former commisioner for water resources.

Hon. Deedat Ozigi, while he was commisioner for water resources has recorded many successes owing to his brilliant assistance of his intelligence, open-mindedness, acumen and luminous aptitude.

Doubtlessly, Kogi Central, despite many dams, viz; Ekuku dam, Osara dam, and Okene waterworks, has outrightly suffered provision of portable drinking water which is now receiving deserving Government focus as part of efforts out together by the former commisioner for water resources.

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The neglection was associated with the previous administration poor management of government, unlike erstwhile leader who would shift blind eyes over it, Hon. Deedat Ozigi opted to consolidate and serve the intending targets.

Deedat Ozigi’s public-spiritedness is extravagant in touching not only his assigned obligation as commisioner for water resources, but in a nutshell goes beyond selfless services to humanity and Developmental milestones in assuring the government of Gov. Yahaya Adoza Bello is greatly felt by his people at the grassroots.

His efforts to uphold the imagery of His principal, Hon. Deedat Ozigi as former commisioner for water resources drilled standardized boreholes named, ” GYB WATER ” with solar powered for efficient delivery. This commendable strides went a long way to put permanent rest to scarcity of portable water in Central, this gesture goes beyond Kogi Central, this was a projects targeted across the three senatorial districts of the state, with careful guardiance from start to finish.

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Hon. Deedat Ozigi is a passionate leader, a humanitarian who has exuded exemplary quality which is can only be described as ” awesome “, a successful legal Practitioner encumbered with versatility in all sectors of life. He is a Visionary, quixotical guardian who has many a time fine famished and restless on the alter of ensuring happiness of the general masses.

Hon. Deedat Ozigi’s mentorship qualified him to head ministry of local government and chieftaincy affairs, shortly after his assumption of office as commisioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, carrying of total overhauling and having an in-depth knowledge of steering the ship was a major priority of Deedat, in order to justify the confidence repost in him, with fear of God, and humility, he toured 21 local government, and their traditional rulers, to seem acceptance, this was a a commendable approach which was considered irrelevant until it was achieved.

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As part of his quest for better Kogi in conformity with new direction political ideologies, ” Operation Light Up Kogi East ” was initiated and masterminded by this great resourceful man of excellence.

Basheerat Sadeeq Writes from Lokoja

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