‘Nigeria’ll be safe when politicians stop using thugs’ — Yahaya Bello

Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, says Nigeria will be a safe place to live in when politicians stop the use of thugs and criminals during elections. 

The governor stated this yesterday while featuring on a television programme. According to him, “When politicians begin to stop the use of thugs, touts or some group of criminals, that is when we will begin to have safety and security in our land”. 

The governor added that thugs who were used and dumped by politicians during elections metamorphosed into “hydra-headed monsters” and criminal elements who now terrrorise Nigerians. 

Bello also said contrary to what is in the public space, he won the November 16, 2019 Governorship Poll without the use of ‘boys’ or thugs.

The governor, who was re-elected last year on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), said political thuggery was the norm in Kogi State before he came into power, but that he “refused to play that kind of dangerous or unnecessary politics” when he came on board as governor of the North-Central State. 

Electoral observers have said the November 16, 2019 Kogi State Governorship Election was marred with violence and bloodshed. 

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