THE Bishop of Sokoto Diocese of the Catholic Church, Bishop Matthew Kukah has criticised Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State with regards to the prevailing violence in the state ahead of Saturday’s governorship election.
Speaking while appearing on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, Bishop Kukah, who is also the co-convener of the National Peace Committee, expressed disappointment in Governor Bello’s leadership, stating that the governor, known for being the youngest in the country, has fallen short of expectations.
According to him, “I feel very sad because Kogi has been on the front burner, and Yahaya Bello, the governor, prided himself on being the youngest governor and being a representation of what the youths of this country can do if they are given the opportunity.”
Kukah indicated that Bello’s performance has not showcased the potential of young leaders.
He further stated, “Sadly, I think he’s been a very poor advertisement for what young people can do.”
Governor Yahaya Bello assumed the governorship of Kogi State in 2015 following the demise of Abubakar Audu, who was on his way to winning the governorship election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC)/ but passed away before being declared winner. Bello secured a second term in November 2019.
The criticisms against Governor Bello come in the wake of the upcoming governorship elections tomorrow in not just Kogi but also in Imo and Bayelsa states.