By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
Nine prominent traditional rulers in Kogi East senatorial district of the state have appealed to a former Chief of Naval Staff and governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Vice Admiral Jibrin Usman, rtd, to fix all awful roads and pay salaries as at when due if he is elected the next governor of the state.
The monarchs equally tasked Usman to endeavour to build new social infrastructure in the district, mostly those linking to other states in order to improve the economy of the state.
The monarchs, who include His Royal Highnesses, Ejeh Of Ibaji, Aguma of Bassa, Ohigba of Mozum, Etsu of Bassa Nge, Ejeh of Dekina, Onu Ife(Ojogba) of Omala, Ejeh of Ankpa, Onu of Ankpa and Ejeh of Olamaboro from Kogi East dropped this advice during a courtesy visit to their respective palaces by the APC gubernatorial aspirant, Admiral Jibrin (rtd).
They expressed their fulfilment over major contributions of the former naval boss to the development of the state, especially in the eastern district.
The traditional chiefs showered encomium on Jibrin for bringing all naval institutions and establishments to Kogi State, among which are; a Naval Outpost Base in Idah, Nigeria Navy Ship Lugard Banda and the Nigeria Navy Secondary School in Okura where their children and others across the nation are receiving education on different fields of human endeavours.
The monarchs asserted that Admiral Jibrin has made indelible mark in his chosen field, carving a niche for himself making him reach such an enviable height in the Navy, they said the former Naval boss has all it takes to take Kogi State to dream land.
The Etsu of Bassa-nge in Bassa local government, Col. Ali while addressing the people, said the former Naval Chief is a powerful man who had made the Igala nation proud on many occasions.
He stated that he has no doubt in his mind that if given the ticket and the mandate, he will fix Kogi for the benefit of all in the state.
According to um, “I know him as a very vigorous, determined person. He has fought many wars and came out victorious.
“I have a dream, that there will be a bridge on River Niger between Shintaku and Lokoja, that the road linking Shintaku to Dekina will be constructed, that social amenities that makes life worth living will be on ground,” Col Ali said.
The Oyeigba of Mozum, Alhaji Bukar, who said he ascended the throne of his ancestors at the age of 25, said he has got to understand in life that “there are shoes, but shoes have different sizes”.
He added that Jibrin has a pedigree that endeared him to the people of his community.