By Emmanuel Adigwe
The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, has disagreed with the Federal Government’s approach to combatting the ach to COVID 19.
GWG recalls that Bello had been a critic of the coronavirus as he once branded it a “hoax”.
Speaking With Channels Television on Wednesday, the governor stated that President Buhari Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has not been presenting the right ideas on managing the pandemic to President Buhari.
According to him, instead of spending a huge sum of money next year on COVID-19 vaccine, the federal government should instead spend it on the economy and insecurity.
He said: “We have an economy that Mr President inherited, struggling, recession, low income, left, right, and centre; and Mr President is doing his best to make sure he pulls it out of the woods.
“Those of us charged with the responsibility of advising Mr President should do that with utmost fear of God Almighty.”
According to him, the economic disruption caused by COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the government has made many Nigerians poor and should not be allowed to continue.
According to Bello, Nigeria should not copy the same methods adopted by other countries.
He said: “I don’t think we should apply the same solution across.”
The governor also lamented the influence of thugs in politics as a problem that must be stopped.
He said: “When I came on board, I inherited a state that was largely divided along several lines. For you to aspire to be anything politically in Kogi State then, you must have what we call ‘boys’ or thugs or touts and then use it to intimidate people during political dispensations.
“Once the political exercise is over, the so-called boys or thugs or foot soldiers would be abandoned and then left to themselves and by that, they breed into something else or a hydra-headed monster that you will not be able to curb at the end of the day.
“But I refused to play that kind of dangerous or unnecessary politics when I came on board. My ascension to office is known to everybody in the world. I chose my path immediately and decided to deal with criminals irrespective of political affiliations by using the laws passed by the Kogi State House of Assembly and the existing security architecture.”