· Calls for patience with Buhari
Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, on Monday, said the state government had designed policies and programmes to mitigate against the current economic hardship in the country with over 100,000 youths and women to be empowered .
The governor also charged the people of the country to be patient with President Muhammadu Buhari over the current economic recession being experienced in the country.
Addressing the crowd that accompanied him to the Lugard House shortly after the Eid-el-Kabir prayer in Lokoja, the state capital, the governor said his administration is youth-based, adding that over 100,000 youths and women would benefit from an all encompassing empowerment programme.
He said the move was to make the people gainfully employed and also prevent some politicians from using them to cause crisis in the state.
Bello, who sued for peace and unity among the people of the state irrespective of religion and ethnicity, urged them to live together as one entity to enable the state enjoy the patronage of foreign investors.
“We are doing our best to woo foreign investors to the state and without absolute peace and unity among the people, the state can not enjoy such opportunity,” he said.
In his sermon the Chief Imam of Lokoja, Alhaji Abdullahi Baba, who led the prayer, cautioned Muslims against bad conduct.
“It is imperative for Muslims to embrace good conduct which is the basis of the Eid-el-Kabir. “
While reminding them of death that can occur at any time , the Islamic cleric charged them to love one another, adding that the current administration of Alhaji Bello have shown sign of improving the living standard of the people.
The Imam, who prayed for Kogi State and the country at large, urged Nigerians to be patient with their leaders, assuring that with patience and perseverance the country can be better again.