A respected cleric in Kogi State, Rev Fr. John Femi Ogunleye, has bemoaned the leadership style of Governor Yahaya Bello, saying that God is angry with the latter.
He stated that the state has been suffering under previous governments but Bello’s reign has brought more pains to the people of the state.
Rev Fr. Ogunleye, who made this known in an open letter to the governor, said God is not happy with his administration in Kogi State.
He reminded the governor that, at the beginning of his administration, they prayed and fasted, preached against hate and religious biases and they are still praying for him to succeed.
The letter reads in part “I acknowledge the fact that preceding governments in Kogi State did so much evil and wrong to the people. They killed primary education and secondary was not spared. Between 2008 and 2015, strike and thuggery were the reason Kogi State featured on national television and hell was let loose on our roads. Accidents and armed robbery were top on the list of litanies of the state.
“Yet those governments were the brains behind bailout fund that you have collected, they did the projects that Federal Government paid for in your time. They made KSU one of the best state universities in Nigeria at some point. They paid salaries to ghosts, hawks and genuine workers and gave Lokoja water to drink.
“Yet, it was true that Kogi was in a mess. We wanted more like others and so we were shouting and praying. We heard the sound of change and the promise of abundance. We heard of a young promising man popularly known as Fair Plus. We prayed and promoted his ambition but at the primaries our hope was fractured. We heard he lost to an aged man in whom only few delighted.
“I remember, how many of my youth were wailing and groaning because a rising star had been aborted. Somehow, Fair Plus came back to lime light. And we were back to the bank of hope. Now after one full year of inactions and inhuman decisions we cannot pretend anymore.
“I still know and live with pensioners, workers, who have not been paid for 17 months. Some of them are above 70 years of age. They have no means of feeding now other than begging. And there is now donors’ fatigue. If you say it is political give us a platform other than this social and free media to prove that this is not political, not tribal, and not religious.”