In his heyday, when he littered everywhere with tangible traces of royal rule, the late political maverick and bulldozer, Alhaji Abubakar Audu, the Adoja of the universe, was famously and loudly called “The Prince of the Niger.” He was an appellation carved in marble of reverence, prestige, and royalty. In his days as executive governor of Kogi State when democracy was reborn in 1999, Prince Abubakar Audu was the delirium of the nascent democracy, shining so brightly that his footprints lit up everywhere in infrastructure, security and prosperity. He brought the then president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, not only to Kogi State, but also to Igalaland, Anyigba to be precise! Audu perhaps brought the first sitting president to igalaland. Similarly, Governor Yahaya Bello Adoza has just replicated this rare feat by bringing President Muhammadu Buhari to Okene, the seat of the Ebira civilization. For a simple spectator, this is a mere coincidence, but for those who appreciate historical relics, this is a political statement. Just like Audu, Bello just made a bold statement!

The narratives will now be a two-track reality as Kogi’s political history is dissected. Anything that brings a sitting president to any state is a great reference to governance. Presidents don’t go on state visits like this, they visit where serious things with national consequences are happening. For example, when there are major security breaches leading to loss of life and property, the president may visit the site to comfort the victims and empathize with those who live in those states. In the case of Kogi state, the President did not visit Kogi to offer condolences but to commission impact projects. Like Obasanjo for Anyigba, Buhari was in Okene!

What would make Yahaya Bello locate the first referral hospital in North Central Nigeria in Okene in less than eight years of his administration? The answer is not unreasonable. It is the realization that he is a freeborn motivated by the impulse that the land that fathered him is worth the manure of appreciation. Only a slave distances himself from the land of his birth; a freeborn draws rain of progress to the earth from him. We have seen the traces of Bello as a ‘worthy son’ to his people, Ebira of him.

President Muhammadu Buhari was on the verge of emptying his saliva in praise of Governor Yahaya Bello when he was taken to the Reference Hospital in Okene. Like Obasanjo, who danced to Tijay Bala when he came to commission Kogi State University in Anyigba, Buhari was ecstatic during his visit to Okene.

Kogi State University was one of the firms in Kogi State during the reign of Prince Audu. The university opened its landscape of opportunities to students not only from the state but also from the neighboring states of Anambra, Enugu, Edo, Nasarawa, Niger and Benue. It remains a melting point to date. Bello, like Prince Audu, wasted no time in establishing the Confluence University of Science and Technology in Osara. Now with the newly opened Reference Hospital, the new college will take another lead in the medical college, complementing that of Anyigba and the proposed Medical College at Lokoja Federal University, which will use Lokoja Federal Medical Center as its hospital. teacher. In fact, Kogi is now the center of medical colleges in Nigeria with the three senatorial zones housing medical colleges. This is what vision and real love for a people do, and Bello is a notable reference here. He did not build tourist abodes, he invested in healing abodes. All greet Bello, the new Prince of Niger.

All of these modest and enviable achievements did not happen by accident, they came from an inclusive think tank anchored by their New Direction gang crack crew, these folks employed a bottom-up approach to build a roster that has become a true compass for the government of Yahaya Bello.

In his speech yesterday, he thus summed up the magic behind his successes…

„Shortly after I was sworn into office for the first time on January 27, 2016, I commissioned a multidisciplinary team of consultants to design a governance template for my administration based on our campaign promises and direct feedback from people at the Kogi state with whom they interacted in every nook and cranny of the state.

The result is what we call the Kogi State New Direction Plan, which I like to define as “our roadmap for the accelerated and proportional development of Kogi State in all its districts”. The New Direction Blueprint has helped us consistently translate our mission statement into the reality we now see in the Kogi State, some of which will be commissioned today.

Our performance matrix is ​​based on an overarching mission statement as management, which reads as follows: ‚To develop Kogi State into Nigeria’s largest and safest emerging commercial hub through optimization of geographic location, natural endowments and state human resources for a sustainable future. ‘

Like it or not, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has redefined the governance template in Kogi State, turned the state from family empire to inclusive fort, demystified political demagogy, and brought down political dynasties. He has shown those with power before now that you can make your people a priority no matter the tides or fortune. By the time power returns, we can be more determined with a royal government like the era of Audu and Bello, the two undisputed Princes of the Niger.

My name is Abdullahi O. Haruna, you can call me Haruspice

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