From Ahmad Ibrahim, Lokoja
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has lampooned critics of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying they do not have the ultimate power to stop the re-election of the President in next year’s general elections.
He pointed out that no campaign of calumny against Mr. President would frustrate his re-election, more so that he has the overwhelming support of Nigerians to continue in office, in view of his transparent leadership and desire to move the country to another level of development.
Governor Bello, who stated these during a town hall meeting in Lokoja, as part of activities lined up to commemorate the second anniversary of his administration, wondered why people who plundered the resources of the country would be contemplating return to power, saying that can never happen.
He posited further that God who made President Buhari to pass through the valley of death preserved him for a purpose, expressing confidence that the President would secure another mandate, considering his purposeful leadership.
According to Governor Bello, Mr. President is just close to three years, and his opponents are running helter skelter, because they cannot tolerate him for eight years, stressing that by the time President Buhari completes his two terms in office, his opponents would be in political wilderness.
He said President Buhari is doing his best in the fight against corruption, insurgency; as well as improvement in the economy, noting that the foreign reserve has been bolstered significantly, compared to what was in place before he came on board in 2015.
“Mr. President is boiling them with cold water, suffocating them; because they cannot stomach him for eight years they are crying foul. When the time comes they will know that majority of the people of this country are solidly behind him. So those who are against the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari cannot stop him,” he emphasized.
Governor Bello further opined that if God endorses Mr. President to serve his constitutional two terms, he does not need the support of anyone to achieve that feat, insisting that those who ran the country aground are desperately seeking relevance, trying to play God.
He maintained that no amount of intimidation, media manipulation and campaign of calumny can compel Mr. President to abandon his avowed commitment to put the country on the path of greatness, stressing that the current efforts at retrieving all the stolen monies from the nation’s looters cannot be abandoned because of some selfish individuals.
On his political aspiration, Governor Bello said God would take care of that when the time comes; assuring that the state was poised to present credible candidates that can adequately and effectively represent the state at all levels in the next dispensation.
He lamented that members of the National Assembly from the state have not done enough to adequately protect the interest of the state, assuring that those who are prepared to do the needful would be sent to support Mr. President in his determined efforts to put the country on sound economic pedestal.