Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has reacted to criticisms leveled on him after he declared a public holiday in commemoration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s return from a 103-day medical trip to London.
Bello, who insisted the 'Public holiday' given to civil servants in Kogi state is justified, said only those who are not willing Buhari should return to Nigeria alive are the ones bitter over the President’s arrival.
Those who have been criticizing our policy might be the ones who doesn't want President Muhammadu Buhari to return to Nigeria alive.
But God has vindicated us. God is in Nigeria.
It is a day for us to thank God for what he has done for us in Kogi and Nigeria.
It was reported at the weekend that Governor Bello declared Monday, August 21 as public holiday and thanksgiving day to commemorate the safe return of President Muhammadu Buhari from his medical vacation in London.
A statement issued on Sunday in Lokoja by his Director General on Media and Publicity, Kingsley Fanwo, said the gesture was in line with the support of the Kogi people for “the renaissance of our nation by Mr. President".
We urge Kogites to also use the occasion of the Public Holiday to pray for Mr. President as he resumes his responsibilities of repositioning Nigeria.
The Governor thanked people of the state for standing by the President and for trooping to Abuja in thousands to welcome the 'Lion of Africa'.