Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has suggested Nigeria politicians to cease the usage of thugs and criminals throughout elections to assist make the nation a protected place.
Naija News remembers that electoral observers had mentioned the November 16, 2019 Kogi State Governorship Election which gave Bello a second time period was marred with violence and bloodshed.
However in an interview on Channels Tv’s Dawn Each day, Yahaya Bello insisted that opposite to what’s within the public area, he received his re-election with out the usage of ‘boys’ or thugs.
“When politicians begin to stop the use of thugs, touts or some group of criminals, that is when we will begin to have safety and security in our land,” the governor mentioned.
He said that thugs used and dumped by politicians throughout elections grow to be “hydra-headed monster” and prison components who now terrorise Nigerians.
The Kogi governor claimed that thuggery was the norm within the north-central state earlier than he got here into energy in 2015.
“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,” Bello mentioned.
“As soon as the political train is over, the so-called boys or thugs or foot troopers could be deserted after which left to themselves and by that, they breed into one thing else or a hydra-headed monster that you simply won’t be able to curb on the finish of the day. There are a number of historical past and intelligence to that throughout the nation.
“But I refused to play that kind of dangerous or unnecessary politics when I came on board. My ascension to office is known to everybody in the world. I chose my path immediately and decided to deal with criminals irrespective of political affiliations by using the laws passed by the Kogi State House of Assembly and the existing security architecture.”