By Lizzy Okoji
Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has described Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi as an inspirational leader to the Nigerian youths.
The Chief Press Secretary, to Kogi Governor, Mr Ongwu Muhammed, said this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.
Muhammed said that Ikpeazu made the assertion when Bello paid him a courtesy visit in Umuahia on Friday.
Ikpeazu further described Bello as a leader with courageous standpoint, a leader with the enviable records and therefore, an inspiration to Nigerian youths.
He commended Bello for his interventions in restoring peace and unity in the country, especially Bello’s calls for dialogue to resolve differences and grudges across boards.
“As from 2016 till date, I have watched you keenly and the unmatched strategies you have deployed to ensure Kogi State is safe so as to drive your economic agenda.
“Although the issue of security is abstract, it is central to all other activities and now that Kogi is safe, I am sure the state will join the leagues of economically advanced states.
“You are leading a paradigm shift and I admire the kind of energy I see in your cabinet. You inspire hope in the young ones.
“And, knowing fully well that this country belongs to them, you have shown that if we give equal opportunity to the young ones, they are capable of occupying very strategic leadership positions.
“Driving policies and programmes across every state for the betterment of our nation,” Ikpeazu said.
Ikpeazu also saluted Bello position to galvanize the nation while he also associated himself with the view of a one indivisible Nigeria being the only country we have.
He reiterated that the idea of “Canaan land” was a gradual process, adding that it was God’s intention of bringing us together as a nation to lead Africa.
This, Ikpeazu stated, was a mission that remained impossible without a united front.
The governor frowned at the ugly trend of ethnic profiling, stating that crimes exist independent of tribal affiliations.
He said that the rascality of a few should not be greeted on a whole. The Igbo nation, he reiterated is firmly committed to one Nigeria, and everywhere in Nigeria is home to them.
“Misunderstandings in some segments cannot be avoided but with patience, tolerance and mutual understanding would be enhanced across all divides,” Ikpeazu stressed.
The governor further stated that the unity of this country lies in the stoic responsibility of those who have benefited from the country in time past and must ensure its stability for the generations to come.
Gov. Bello had earlier in his remarks reaffirmed his belief in the unity and oneness of Nigeria and hinted that in spite of certain concerns going on in the country, Nigeria would not divide.
He noted that he had a cordial relationship with Ikpeazu, that in spite of being in different political parties, religion and region, he had maintained this cordiality with him alongside other governors from the region.
Bello also expressed concern that certain negative impressions established about the region were false because Kogi state have Igbos residing peacefully in the state.
The governor also noted that the Igbos living in Kogi were contributing their quotas towards the economic, political and social development of the state.
He added that although some parts of the country might be agitated due to certain uncharitable practices, he advised the agitators resort to dialogue.