Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state came under heavy backlash on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.
Trouble started when Senator Ahmed Ogembe raised an alarm over alleged attack him and members of his constituents during an empowerment programme in his constituency, Kogi Central.
Speaking at Plenary, Ogembe alleged that hoodlums and miscreants had disrupted his empowerment programme.
The lawmaker accused the Area Commander of Okene Division and Divisional Police Officer of Okene and Adavi, of withdrawing officers from the venue.
It was at this moment that lawmakers went berserk.
First was Abia lawmaker, Enyinnaya Abaribe.
‘Yahaya Bello behaves like a little Hitler’
Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe
Describing the situation in Kogi as disturbing, Abaribe expressed worry that things may get worse if governors like Bello gain control over the Police in their states.
The Senator described Governor Bello’s rule in Kogi state as bad example of youths in leadership.
He also took President Muhammadu Buhari to the cleaners.
“Why would a member of this Hallowed Chamber not be left to do what he has to do for his constituents? It may be him today but it will be another person tomorrow,” Abaribe said.
“That means if the governor doesn’t like what you are doing, he will send the Police after you. How can we live in this country and have an avowed war hero who told us that ‘once I step into office, I will take care of security’? Yet, things are worse than ever.
“We shouldn’t put this under the table. It was Dino, now Ogembe. Tomorrow it may be Aidoko, all in the same Kogi state.
“People have been running around and saying that we need youths in government. The man in Kogi is a youth but how come this youth does not know what he is doing? There is so much insecurity in this particular place.
Governor Yahaya Bello has assured President Buhari of more votes from Kogi state in 2019. (Facebook)
“That does not give credence that this country should be handed over to a youth. If we hand over this country to him, what will now happen? This country will be thrown to the dogs. It is not youth but the ideas that you have.
“I want you to even go for that his seat because if that is what is making him feel so big, let someone else challenge him. We cannot continue this way where Senators will be afraid to go home because somebody is sitting down there, deciding that he will be a little Hitler,” Abaribe said.
“Yahaya Bello is a threat to Nigeria’s democracy’
Contributing to the motion, deputy Senate leader, Bala Na’Allah described Governor Benno as a threat to Nigeria’s democracy.
“Yesterday it was Dino, some people are saying it’s because Dino is creating problem, what problem is Ogembe creating? The issue of Kogi is a very serious matter.
“From what I have been reading, I have tried to restrain myself from commenting but it appears we can validly say that the Governor of Kogi is a threat to our democracy,” Na’Allah said.