By Daniel Tyokua
Minister of State for FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu says the unity and peaceful coexistence of Kogi state is not negotiable, even as she called for a united force in the forthcoming governorship elections.
She stated this when a delegation of Kogi Political Triangle, led by the coordinator, Hon. Adamu Shuiabu, paid her a visit in her office.
A statement issued by Austine Elemue, media aide to the minister, emphasized the need to build bridges among the different ethnic groups in the state, also acknowledged that peace is a daunting task but achievable, stressing that the state will achieve more under one united body.
Aliyu, however called on the people of the state to support the government at the center in order to realize the dreams of the state, observing that Kogi is blessed with ingenious and competent hands.
She also described women as devotees in nation’s building, while calling on them to use their numerical strength to vote massively for the APC candidate and incumbent Governor of Kogi, Yahaya Bello, in the forthcoming Kogi governorship race.
“There is nothing we can achieve without peace. Kogi state is blessed with ingenious and competent men and women. We are doing well in building the nation, and nation building is a collective responsibility.
“I sincerely believe that Kogi State will be a hub of activities after the second tenure of Governor Yahaya Bello. Kogi State unity is not negotiable. It is not about a political party or ethnicity anymore. This point of our political era we need continuity and consolidation.
“The Governor is an Ebira man, but is serving other ethnic groups without discrimination. It is painful that in recent past, the state suddenly becomes a shopping center for other political bigwigs to decide who become governor of the state,” she noted.
Leader of the delegation, Hon. Adamu Shuiabu, said that Kogi Political Triangle came into existence to ensure that ethic and senatorial politics come to a halt, while calling on other groups to promote peace and unity in the state.
Highpoint of the event was the conferment of matron of Kogi Political Triangle on the Minister of State for FCT by the group.