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Friday, April 9, 2021

10:13 AM

PDP North Central Congress: Hon (Engr) Abdullahi Mohammed (Organizer) cleared, set to be elected Ex- officio

April 09, 2021

PDP North Central Congress: Hon (Engr) Abdullahi Mohammed (Organizer) cleared, set to be elected Ex- officio 

The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, screening committee at the North Central Zonal congress has just screened the aspirant for kogi state ex-officio candidate, Hon. Abdullahi Mohammed in Markudi, Benue state. 

Engr. Abdulahi popularly known as Organizer is seeking to be elected for a second term in office as PDP ex-officio having  performed excellently well in discharging his duties as a zonal Exco. 

Recall that Abdul- Organizer has been at the fore front of promoting our party ideals even in the midst of political hostility in kogi state. He was a key member in the 2021 kogi state PDP gubernatorial campaign organization.

His political sagacity and acumen led to his inclusion to hold sensitive positions in the campaign council. He served in  the Election monitoring committee and Contact and Mobilization committee in the Wada/Aro Campaign organization in 2021. 

Kogi central PDP, and by extension , the entire PDP have no doubts in his capacity to deliver as we look to rebrand and reposition our great party ahead of the 2023 general elections. 

Kogi Central PDP Media

Saturday, March 20, 2021

9:25 AM

OBOBANYI CORONATION: Hon Musa Congratulates The Entire Ohionwa Clans, Greet New Obobanyi.

OBOBANYI CORONATION: Hon Musa congratulates the entire Ohionwa clan, greets new Obobanyi.

March 20, 2021

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate in the last kogi council elections in Okehi LGA, Hon Musa Adeiza Siyaka, has congratulated the entire Ohionwa clan on the historic event of the coronation of the Obobanyi of Ohionwa clan in Ihima. 

Hon Musa warmly felicitate with HRH, Dr. Jimoh Eneji Ahmed on his ascension to the throne of his ancestors as the 13th Obobanyi of Ohionwa clan in Ihima, noting that Dr Jimoh possesses the aura and noble charisma associated with only   royalties to dutifully discharge his duties on the sacred stool.

“I have no doubts in the personality of the new Obobanyi of Ohionwa clan, he is a compassionate, loving and above all a very peaceful man. These qualities wrapped in one have become very rare in our present day world and we can only thank the Almighty Allah for a man like Dr Jimoh” he concluded. 

Long live Obobanyi of Ohionwa clan 

Long live HRH, Dr J. E Ahmed 

God bless Kogi state.

Friday, March 5, 2021

12:20 AM



I can not understand why the three Senators from Kogi State are pushing for the same thing at the same time. Where Sen. Oseni is sponsoring a bill for the establishment of a Steel University, Ajaokuta, Sen. Smart is sponsoring a bill for the establishment of a University of Agriculture, Kabba, while Senator Echocho is sponsoring a bill for the establishment of Federal University of Education, Ankpa. 

In my own opinion, Senator Yakubu Oseni of Kogi Central should have pushed for a Federal University of Education, Okene even though the University of Steel is good as well but tell me, does this government looks like one to build a University of Steel any soon, a situation where the Steel Company is not working? FCE Okene is long overdue for a University. It is currently affiliated with University of Ibadan and it has graduated five different sets of graduates with the students alleged to be performing extremely serious than students of the main campus. Senator Oseni should have played better using the strategies of his fellow Senators from Kogi West and Kogi East. He should have made his consultations better. FCE Okene is above 30 years and has produced standard teachers for our nation, Nigeria. Even GYB should have been consulted by the Ebira Senator as the governor had once promised FCE Okene of a university upgrade of the College when he visited in 2017 during a combined convocation of the institution. 

FCE Okene is long overdue for a Federal University of Education. It has the needed requirements for a University upgrade. I don\"t believe this University of Steel and Technology, Ajaokuta when the company is becoming a shadow of itself. What should be done instead is a bill seeking  Reticulation of the Steel Company if so important Sen. Oseni must sponsor a bill of technology. 

Farouk Ozigi Onimisi writes from Abuja 

Saturday, February 13, 2021

11:36 AM



The Director General, Government House Administration, Alh. Dr. Umar Oricha Shaibu today Saturday 13th February, 2021 visited his country home to revalidate his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Alh. Dr. Umar Oricha Shaibu who hails from Okene-Eba/Agassa/Ahache Ward in Okene Local Government Area proudly displayed his registration slip after registering successfully. He urged all the people of his Ward to come out en mass to register and be part of the APC as joining a political party is one sure way of ones voice to be heard politically.

Moving forward, Alh. Dr. Umar Oricha Shaibu also paid visit to the Maternity and Child Health Centre located along Agassa/Upogoro road to have an on the spot assessment of the health facility. His visit unraveled the pitiable condition that has become of the Cottage Hospital.

The officer in charge of the Cottage Hospital, Madam Suberu Adisetu lamented the non availability of health workers to carry out the activities of the hospital. She added that there was no borehole to supply them with water and also the dilapidating structures of the hospital that has already become an embarrassment to them.

Responding to her many requests, Alh. Dr. Umar Oricha Shaibu started by first finding a lasting solution to one of the electric poles that was already eaten up by termites and supported by branches from the cashew trees within hospital premises. He sent for a professional that could handle the lifting of the high tension wire which was already a trap for the staff and patients within the hospital. He raised the hope of the officer in charge that help will soon come their way as he will not hesitate to relay all that he has seen as lapses within the hospital to His Excellency, Alh. Yahaya Bello the Executive Governor of Kogi State.

The Media Team
Office of the Director General,
Government House Administration,
Saturday 13th February, 2021.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

2:19 AM

Sen. Ahmed Salau Ogembe Express Shock Over The Death Of Alh. Engr. Suleiman Aliyu, Says It Is A Lost Of A Sparkling Star In The Shady Sky.

Sen. Ahmed Salau Ogembe Express Shock Over The Death Of Alh. Engr. Suleiman Aliyu, Says It Is A Lost Of A Sparkling Star In The Shady Sky. 


Sen. Ahmed Salau Ogembe the former senator representing the good people kogi central under the banner of the People Democratic Party express melancholy and stun over the demise of Adayi Engr. Alh. Suleiman Aliyu, the Ohiekura of Ebiraland, described the death as a lost of a sparkling star in the shady sky. 


Sen. Ahmed Ogembe in his deepest shock, sympathize with the family of the deceasethe Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, additionally feel for the whole Ebira nation and kogi state. 


The demise of Engr. Alh. Suleiman Aliyu is a grand misfortune and crucial one which need a heavenly intercession to comprehend, Sen. Ahmed Salau Ogembe stated. 


Unbehalf of the entire members of the People Democratic Party (PDP) in kogi central, I sympathize with the immediate family of Engr. Alh. Suleiman Aliyu and also appeal to God to grant the family and the entire Eyire community a heart to hold up under this incomprehensible fall of a middle column, He included. 


No one is free from wrongdoings but i pray to almighty Allah to excuse him of his offenses and wrongdoing, and acknowledge him among the righteous ones in Jannat, and furthermore to solace the immediate family of Alh. Suleiman Aliyu during this time of grief, Sen. Ahmed Ogembe concluded.



Opata Abdallah Little 



1:08 AM

Hon. Sanni Salau Ogembe Mourns Alh. Suleiman Aliyu, The Ohiekura Of Ebiraland. …Ask KSG To Immortalize Him

Hon. Sanni Salau Ogembe Mourns Alh. Suleiman Aliyu, The Ohiekura Of Ebiraland.
…Ask KSG To Immortalize Him

Hon. Sanni Salau Ogembe one of the outstanding leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been grief-stricken over the death of the late Ohiekura, Alhaji Suleiman Aliyu, describing it as an irreparable loss to the entire Ebiraland and Kogi state.

He described the late Ohiekura as an extraordinary and exceptionally loved political leader, who served his people with utmost dedication and spent his life in the pursuit of their happiness as well as the wellbeing and peaceful coexistence of all anebiras.

Late Adayi Suleiman Aliyu was a selfless leader and outstanding nationalist, who made immeasurable sacrifices in his relentless roles towards the development and stability of our dear state. 

Hon. Sanni Salau Ogembe call the Kogi State Government to immortalize the late Adayi Suleiman Aliyu, as a man that believes that the essence of statesmanship is passing its values and the advantages into others rather than oneself.

Hon. Sympathize with the family of the departed Ohiekura as well as the good people of Ebiraland and the entire Eyire community, and prays the Almighty Allah to console them and grant the departed an eternal reposed.

Opata Abdallah Little
For Hon. Sanni Salau Ogembe’s Media Team

Monday, February 8, 2021

12:30 PM




Redirect your direction or we recall you from representing us at the state house of assembly.

Over the years we have been watching to see if you will change the Narrative of our dear local government but you have neither shown how tirelessly you are working to give us the task demanded of you.

You failed to emulate the leadership style of your fellow members representing other constituencies.

For the past 5years,No single project can be pointed out to you;you neglected your constituency,allowing us to wallow in abject poverty.

No Employment,empowerment nor even scholarships that most other members are giving to their people.

However,you’re always running from London to London haven forgetting that you are elected to represent us at the state level to bring dividends of democracy to us like every other members.
Hon,UK House of assembly,it will gladden my heart to see the story changing from now till the next 14 days as the youths are all fully ready to hit the ground with protest and begins the recalling exercise.


Thursday, January 28, 2021

8:42 AM

Ajaokuta in Focus: Akaaba's Midas Touch On Security Matters Is Worthy Of Commendation

Ajaokuta in Focus: Akaaba’s Midas Touch On Security Matters Is Worthy Of Commendation. ~ Abdulhameed Ivavah

Many Ajaokuta Local Government political watchers like my humble self has never been surprise about the impeccable security track records of Hon Akaaba Aliyu Mustapha all through his days as Administrator of the Local Government, Of course what do you expect when his political godfather, the youthful and resourceful Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has been adjudged and awarded as the best security conscious Governor of Nigeria.

Hon. Mustapha whose tenure as Administrator of Ajaokuta LGA was dotted with glaring achievements has once again rejuvenate his effort and commitment as the Executive Chairman, to ensure that the people of the area sleep with their eyes close.

When men of the underworld reigned and unleased unquantifiable mayhem on the people, thereby sending morbid fear to the spine of unsuspecting citizens, the chairman dexterously adopted  several instrumentalities aimed at permanently curtailing the menace. Now, all Ajaokutans and commuters can go about their daily routine unmolested.

The Ajaokuta Council Boss who believe that society can be best built by firm leadership decisions and actions with zero tolerance for abnormalities, which will eventually become firm foundation for generations yet unborn has vowed never to relent in fighting insecurity within and across the LGA. 

Today we are happy that our young political juggernaut is setting the pace for better tomorrow through his unprecedented leadership acumen and  developmental strides. His frantic efforts to fight heinous crimes in the Local Government is indeed, worthy of commendation.

Hon Akaaba\"s recent and personal effort in fetching out those committing heinous crimes along Okene-Ajaokuta road is loud. He did not delegate or abdicate his responsibility of keeping Ajaokuta safe, he had to shelve all his official paraphernalia and actively led a team of vigilantes in fishing out kidnappers along Ajaokuta-Okene road.

Considering his track records as the former Administrator, we can envisage better facelift in all spheres of governance as he steers the Executive ship of the Local Government. We can boldly say that "Ajaokuta is in a safe hand"

Abdulhameed Ivavah

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

5:28 AM



His Excellency, Alh. Yahaya Adoza Bello, the Executive governor of Kogi State has today successfully marked his 5 years in office. Alh. Yahaya Adoza Bello came on board as the second time governor of Kogi State on the 27th January, 2019 after his landslide victory at the Saturday 16th November, 2019 gubernatorial election in Kogi State.

As a way of celebrating the governor's 5 successful years of handling the state, Alh. Dr. Umar Oricha Shaibu gathered Muslim faithfuls on the evening of Tuesday 26th January, 2021 at the Central Mosque located inside the Government House, Lokoja to pray for the state and the governor God has committed the affairs of the state into his hands.

Many Muslim clerics attended the prayer that was organized to specially commit the governor into the hands of Allah and also that the divine help of almighty Allah will see him achieve all the good things that his heart so desires and pants after politically. The Muslim clerics took their turns to read from different portions of the Holy Quaran and also sang spiritual songs that is rooted in Islam to better convey their prayers and supplications to almighty Allah on behalf of the governor.

The Chief Imam of Government House Mosque, Alh. Mohammed Bashiru Ohu who led other Muslim clerics and worshippers in this spiritual exercise thanked Alh. Dr. Umar Oricha Shaibu for his thoughtfulness and genuine concern to organize a prayer session to commit the governor into the saving hands of Allah. He said, "there is no power that is as potent as prayer to Allah and anyone who embraces the power of daily prayer to Allah will not for any reason see shame." He prayed for almighty Allah to see the governor through all his pursuit in life and all the appointees and cabinet members around him.

The Media Team
Office of the Director General,
Government House Administration,
Wednesday 27th January, 2021

Monday, January 25, 2021

7:55 AM



By Balogun Omeiza David (BOD) BA Mass Communication, University of Jos.

Note: I have written this based on a personal opinion. I was not paid to write this. I have not met one on one with with His Excellency, Alh. Yahaya Adoza Bello, the governor of Kogi State. I am the one that knows him. He does not know me. Kindly have all of these at the back of your mind before you set out to read this piece. The writer is however open to contributions biased of insults. Thanks.

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Let me quickly use this opportunity to celebrate my late father, Pa. D.F. Balogun, the man who made me to have a first hand experience of how protective the mother hen is to its chicks. Right inside St. Paul\"s Anglican Church Compound housing my father\"s humble home, we live close to a mountain known as Ataba Upahi. My father reared goats, hens, cocks, guinea fowl and ducks. He was a lover of domestic animals. His goats were so used to him that anytime he went out with his Suzuki 100 motorcycle and he is returning back to the house, the goats numbering more than twenty five upon hearing the sound of his motorcycle will run to the road to welcome their shepherd-in-chief. The hens my father reared is my major concern in this post.

The local hens of my father were motherly, virile and security conscious. They lay, incubate and hatch their eggs into chicks with some having same feathers with them while others took after the feathers of the different cocks that their mother "dated." Thereafter, they begin their motherly role of protecting their chicks from predating birds like the kite, hawk and crow. I will like to say here that the same kudos given to our mothers for looking after us from cradle till we grew up should also be given to the mother hen. It goes about with its chicks foraging for food and also feeding them. As it is doing this, it is at the same time keeping an eagle eye on the sky and the trees making sure the predating birds do not catch up with it all of a sudden and whisk away any of its chicks. Most often than not, there is bound to be an attack from the predators. The mother hen spreads its wings in rage with a shrill and loud sound with a ready beak and claw to attack. I remember one day during the dry season when the hawk came within a twinkling of an eye and whisked away one of the chicks of our mother hens. The mother hen to our greatest surprise flew up in the sky after the hawk and rescued back its chick. The chick was badly injured but it survived it at the end of the day. In the same vein that the mother hen looks properly after its chicks, the same way it is that Gov. Yahaya Adoza Bello is showing genuine motherly concern over Nigerians and Kogites as COVID-19 remains a true and false pandemic especially to Nigerians.

His Excellency, Alh. Yahaya Adoza Bello the governor of Kogi State has finally become a household name in Nigeria and even beyond. His stance on the COVID-19 pandemic saga that started since late 2019 and ate up the whole of 2020 and still raising its ugly head in 2021 is what has really brought him to limelight. Some people actually understands the point he is trying to make while others are stripped of the ideas this young, gentle and focused governor is insisting on.

It was in 1996 Pfizer Pharmaceutical Company came to Nigeria for the drug trial on Meningitis. The vaccine named Trovan and Ceftriaxone failed which led to the death of 11 children. Others became blind, deaf and dumb as a result of the harmful effects the vaccine had on them. Pfizer is the world\"s biggest research pharmaceutical company based in the United States of America yet they faltered at the altar of helping humanity out of a sickness known as Meningitis. The sum of $175,000 was given as compensation to the families of the children who died after their parents submitted their DNA to Pfizer.

I wonder how old were some of the people accusing and calling Bello unprintable names in 1996 when this Pfizer issue came up. It will surprise you that the mother and father of some of these noisemakers were yet to even get married. Some older people did not even know about this ugly incident that took the lives of some children in Kano. Some that even knew did not see the need to condemn this hurried and unclarified vaccine Pfizer administered on our children that eventually led to their untimely death. Some heartlessly said, so long it is children from Kano that died in the clinical trial then there is no problem. They are of the opinion that Kano is thickly populated so if a vaccine is used to depopulate them then, it is good news to them. That is why the Bible says, "the heart of man is desperately wicked, who can know it?" Again, some saw the $175,000 dollars used in compensating the families of the bereaved as a huge sum that is bogus enough to replace the dead souls of their wards. As big as the money look to them, I wonder if they will release one of their children to die through the testing of a vaccine and get paid should the child die at the end of the day. This is what a defiant character like Bello seeking the progress of Nigerians is vehemently against. I wonder why we have allowed ourselves to be raped on a daily basis by the Western world. If not, Pfizer Pharmaceutical Company came with Meningitis vaccine, gave it to some children without the knowledge of their parents, killed some of the children, made many others to be handicapped and still had the effrontery to ask for DNA\"s because of the monetary compensation they wanted to give out. Bello is not caught out for a messy situation like this one that is bent on altering and killing of creatures God painstakingly took His time to create. Those who are eating fat and ready to milk Nigeria dry financially are the ones embracing this vaccine like no other. I hope we are well aware that Nigeria has released ten billion naira to buy the Pfizer vaccine. Let it also sink into our heads that a total sum of forty billion naira is what our country is budgeting to buy the COVID-19 vaccine that will be able to go around. Do you know how many hospitals such a huge amount can build across the country? A person like Bello will not accept this macabre dance and that is why he is presently building a Reference Hospital in Kogi Central even from the meagre allocation the state is getting from the coffers of the federal government compared to other states collecting chunky allocations. This wreck less spending on a vaccine that Pfizer is not even sure of whether it will serve as a cure is what Bello is against.

In case you are unaware, the President of Zambia, Dr. Nevers Mumba has warned that none of his citizen will be given the vaccine until it is clinically confirmed by their own scientists that the vaccine is medically fit to be used. This is the type of leader we want and Bello has successfully taken the lead. The Zambian President quoted Martin Luther King Jnr. saying, "If we are ignorant and we do not want to verify what we eat, inject and ingest into our bodies then, we do not have a sovereignty. We should better be called a banana republic." This quotation sums up what Mumba and Bello are trying to proof as a point to the Western world and our leaders who are hell bent on buying a commodity that its potency is shaky . It is not the Russians, Americans, Italians or Europe that should tell us that a vaccine is clinically okay for use without our medics and pharmacists having a final say in what is presented before us. The proverb that says, "he who the fire burns fears the ash", should come into play here. As a country, we were burnt by fire in 1996 by the Pfizer Meningitis vaccine, if we refuse to have sense in this 21st Century to "test all spirits", we might end up dying in drones or becoming like robots in next to no time.

Again, Bello the protective mother hen against COVID-19 in Nigeria is accused of saying that there is no COVID in Kogi State and that if any patient of the disease enters Kogi State, such a person will be healed upon entering. I have seen many people gathering under the tree to discuss this particular statement that I do not know whether it is true or false but I will fall in love with Bello the more if truly he said this. By now, we should all know there is power in the tongue. He is the chief umpire of Kogi State and he has from the abundance of faith in his heart voiced it that there is no COVID-19 in his state. Is this not what we hear from our Imams and Pastors anytime they preach about faith that leads to healing in Mosques and Churches? What has Bello said that is wrong? Initially when COVID-19 was raging in 2020, this man refused to lock down his state. Many had thought Kogites will die in drones. He was resolute, firm, unyielding and determined. The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had to forcefully give his state a figure on their tabulation that was growing by the seconds. It became a case of "trying to give a dog a bad name in order for it to be hung." Bello became slippery in their hands. They tried several antics to make him bow to the earthly gods of COVID-19 but like Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego, Bello refused to make obeisance to a sickness that he believes can be controlled within our shores both with local herbs and orthodox medicines at our disposals if truly it exists.

Bello has handed over Kogi State to God and he is trying to do same with the entire country. In the Bible, we heard of a place named Gilead which is a place of healing. It is from this place the phrase "Balm of Gilead" referring to God as the perfect healer emanated from. If Bello now sees all the geographical location known as Kogi State as a zone COVID-19 should respect as having the presence of the Balm of Gilead, will you then say he is wrong? Have we not had epidemics in the olden days and local and traditional methodss were used to address each of them? That modernization is now in vogue is not enough a reason for us to always dance to the whims and caprices of the Western world. We have had people with severe catarrh and cough to the point that when the mucus became soft and dropping, it came out with traces of blood. It was traditional herbs "agbo" that was used in curing it. For a very long time, we have had severe conditions of different sicknesses that herbs cured and still curing. Why must we then lock down our dear  country struggling to up its economic value because of COVID-19?

To those of you who misunderstood His Excellency, Alh. Yahaya Adoza Bello, it will be good you retrace your steps and thinking. I do not want to believe the governor is saying there is no COVID anywhere in the world. I do not want to believe the governor wants his people and people elsewhere to die. His approach is what people are misunderstanding. How can Pfizer present to us a vaccine to a pandemic within a year? Why the haste? Vaccines meant to cure serious ailments like COVID-19 ought to take a longer time for proper laboratory and clinical researches and tests before they are administered on human beings. This vaccine may affect the system of those who will take it as the human system are not the same. Bello is rather calling for caution and timing so that we do not end up dying out of panic taking a vaccine that its potency is yet to be properly ascertained. Hope we are also aware that NCDC before schools resumed agreed through its Director General, Chikwe Ihekweazu that, "the benefits of having children in school outweigh the risks of transmission of COVID-19." What is Bello saying differently from what NCDC is saying? I think it is high time we opened our hearts unto learning and reasoning else we will not be able to make a headway how best we are to handle this COVID-19 saga.

Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti who is the Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) is blowing hot accusing Bello to be careful on how he talks about the COVID-19 vaccine. We all know it is a political warning coming from the end of the Ekiti man. I was expecting Fayemi to call on Bello to tutor him on how he is making a headway with the matter of security in Kogi State despite the state sharing boundaries with more than five states in the country. His quest for power will not allow him to ask such a question that will better the lot of his people. We all know 2023 is by the corner and he is among those jostling for the top seat like Bello. Our dear governor Bello has not stopped any governor from taking the vaccine. After all, as protective as the mother hen had always tried to be to its chicks, the stubborn and errant ones still exist and easily carted away by predators. Anybody who is refusing to be under the protective wings of the idea Bello is selling to Nigerians can as well be ready to bear its dire consequences when thy arise.

May we all be shielded from COVID-19 pandemic. May we all learn how to be clean at all times. May we all know that it is good to avoid a crowded place. Shaking of hands with every Tom, Dick and Harry is not compulsory. I hope we all know that Bello is not against all these precautions whether there is COVID pandemic or not. May Bello succeed. May Kogi State excel in leaps and bounds. May Nigeria be handed over to that young man with a gap in the teeth who is from the North Central of Nigeria. The AMEN to this prayer belongs to you and I.

Friday, January 22, 2021

6:48 AM



The Director General, Kogi State Government House Administration, Alh. Dr. Umar Oricha Shaibu today attended the 3rd day Firdau prayer of Hajia Hadiza Eneyimoh Bello, the stepmother of His Excellency, Alh. Yahaya Adoza Bello, the Executive Governor of Kogi State. She is also the mother of Hajia Khadijat Karibo, the Head, Home Grown School Feeding Programme under the Social Investment Programme (SIP), Lokoja. Late Hajia Hadiza Eneyimoh Bello is the grandmother of Hon. Mukhtar Bello the Senior Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to the governor.

The death of Hajia Hadiza Eneyimoh Bello occurred on Wednesday 20th January, 2021 in Abuja. Her corpse was conveyed home to her family house located at Agassa in Okene Local Government Area. She was buried on the same day according to Islamic rites. She was above ninety (90) years before she died after a brief illness.

The Acting Chief Imam of Ebiraland, Alh. Salihu Abere graced the 3rd Day Firdau Prayer of late Hajia Hadiza Eneyimoh Bello. While leading other Muslim faithfuls to pray for the soul departed, he enjoined all those in attendance to put Allah first in all they do as no mortal will escape death. In his words, "Allah (SWT) has designed the soul of everyone to return to him and only Him knows when each soul will be called home. It is therefore expected that we all live our lives carefully here on earth as our deeds will be used to place us where we fit into in eternity." Alh. Abere led those versed in the Holy Quaran for recitation and also prayers for the family of late Hajia Hadiza Eneyimoh Bello.

Alh. Dr. Umar Oricha Shaibu took his time to console the children of Hajia Hadiza Eneyimoh Bello. He prayed for the family and also dished out words of wisdom to console the children and grandchildren of the departed.

The Media Team
Office of the Director General,
Government House Administration,
Friday 22nd, 2021.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

7:27 PM



By Balogun Omeiza David (BOD), Lokoja.

January 15th of every year is set aside as The Armed Forces Remembrance Day (AFRD). It is a day Nigerians set aside to celebrate and commemorate the service men of Nigerian Armed Forces. It also honours veterans of the World War l and ll as well as the Nigerian Civil War. This year's edition of the AFRD has come and gone but a particular scene that happened at the event that is not the first time it is happening has engulfed the social media.

The pigeon is one of the several birds of the family Columbidae which consists more than 300 species. They are a specially domesticated bird like the hen, cock, duck and the guinea fowl. They like freedom and mainly black and white in colour. The white pigeon is known to many as a bird that brings good omen. Some however waves this aside to be a superstitious believe. I wanted agreeing with those who hung their believes that the pigeon is not as important a bird as we are made to believe by some people when suddenly I ran into a scripture in the Bible. The book of Luke 2:22-24 told us of how according to the law of Moses after the completion of the days of purification, they brought Jesus up to Jerusalem. A sacrifice of two young pigeons followed them to the temple. This made me to believe to a point that the pigeon or dove are truly not ordinary birds as the Holy Spirit that is to teach us all things is also depicted to be a dove or pigeon like bird. I was privileged to be discussing with an elderly man who had many pigeons and were always flying and hovering over his roof and entire compound. The pigeons in this man's house were mainly whitish in colour. He told me that aside the joy he derives in seeing them flying and also their cooing sound he enjoyed so much, they are also a kind of bird that instead of them allowing any evil to befall you their owner, one of them will drop dead.

Let it be known to us that the ritual of releasing doves or white pigeons is to commemorate the life of a departed loved one that is why it is common during funerals or memorials. It also signifies a sign of peace each time they are released. As I earlier said, pigeons loves to be free as they are always fond flying around and returning back to their nests. In fact, the male and female pigeons that happens to be husband and wife takes turn to incubate their eggs. That is why domesticated pigeons who are used to living in cages are not always keen on flying whenever they are released for such purpose. This is exactly what happened to President Muhammed Buhari (PMB) at the National Arcade when he picked one of the pigeons, threw it into the air but rather than flying, the bird landed on top of the cage. PMB was eager to see the pigeons fly so, he totally opened the roof of the cage in a quest to send them all out and flying but the pigeons remained recalcitrant and decided to sit atop of the cage's roof. With no option left for PMB, he returns to his seat. Funny enough, some of the pigeons flew away from the cage after PMB left. This was what set social media platforms on fire as people began to read different meanings to the pigeons that refused to fly as if they held a meeting to spite PMB on a special day as the AFRD.

What happened to PMB at the National Arcade at the Eagle Square is not something new. In 2014, the Vatican city in Rome where you have the Pope stopped the ritual of releasing doves for special events when we were made to understand that Pope Francis released two birds that refused to fly out of the window of the Papal apartment. Several attempts had to be made to make the pigeons fly to the amazement of large crowd of worshippers gathered for worship. Still in 2014, President Goodluck Jonathan freed some pigeons and they also refused to make use of their wings. This particular action of the refusal of the pigeons to fly was perched on by Revd. Fr. Ejike Mbaka of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu as he described this act to mean that God has abandoned Jonathan. I still stand by the fact that caged birds hardly will fly immediately they are released from the cage. They will surely have their dull moments before they spread their feathery wings to fly.

As PMB and the issue of the non flying pigeons in Abuja were making the headlines, some people digressed and started asking if the pigeon(s) in Kogi State also flew. These set of people from other states in Nigeria were much concerned about His Excellency, Alh. Yahaya Adoza Bello, the Executive Governor of Kogi State. They have always seen PMB as the father of Bello. On a daily basis, Bello's matter continues to ring a bell in their ears. Those asking this question were not even concerned about their own state governor's pigeon whether theirs flew or not but Bello was their concern. Our pigeon in Kogi State as released by our governor actually flew into the air God designed it to always fly and show to humanity its own part of God's wonders of creation. Our pigeon likes freedom of movement and flight as that is what makes it get its daily bread. Our pigeon did not want to be locked down because of any strange disease called COVID-19. The pigeon in Kogi State was well aware that the hand it was been released from was the hand of the singular governor in Nigeria who never bowed to the idea of caging people at home all in the name of a so called pandemic that has crippled the economic, education and religious activities and what have you. The dove knew the coast was safe for it to fly and land whenever it so desires. We all know the no nonsense approach Bello has shown towards security in Kogi State. Those who argued on social media spaces that the pigeons at the National Arcade refused to fly because of the prevalent insecurity in the country that has led to the loss of many lives may not be wrong. It is their opinion and they have a right to express it. We may also want to know when the decision of the pigeons to fly when they are meant to do so at any given event signifies peace and tranquility in the land.

The pigeons have come out clearly to symbolize the old and new order. It was as if the pigeons in Abuja and the ones in Lokoja actually held a meeting to make known the minds of Nigerians over 2023. Never again will Nigerians allow old men in their seventies or eighties rule them. Never again will Nigerians allow men are sick bodily as a result of old age coast to victory in any election. Never again will thuggery or godfatherism hold sway in our political environment. Never again will an old wine skin be allowed to mingle with a he wine skin. PMB is our President till 2023. No evil will befall him. He will not die. Fine, he is old and prone to sickness but each time he falls sick, God will surely heal him again. He may not have performed to our expectations but wishing him dead will never be a thought that will cross my mind. God owns our lives and only Him knows when He will ring the closing bell for each and everyone here on earth.

Most importantly, let us all be aware that the pigeon that flew effortlessly in Lokoja is not without a meaning. Our own Bello has shown interest in contesting for the Presidency in 2023 and on his hands the pigeon(s) flew and graciously spreads its wing in joyful flight. May God allow us all to see the glory of Nigeria we have always prayed for. The biblical Noah released the raven bird from the ark they were all hiding for it to survey the level of the water that God used in wiping away the world. This raven bird hovered over the waters until the water was dry and safe for Noah and others to walk on dry land. Bello released a bird on Friday the 15th of January, 2021 and it has flown. May it bring news of soft landing for his desired ambition.