2023: Shun ethnicity, religion to decide next president – Yahaya Bello urges Nigerians

John Ogunsemore
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Yahaya Bello

The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello says Nigerians must look beyond ethnicity and zoning in choosing the next president in 2023.

Bello, who is being pressurised to vie for the nation’s highest office, stated this Saturday when he received a team of ex-Nigerian internationals, led by Augustine Eguavoen.

The Herald can report that the team comprised Austin “Jay Jay” Okocha, Victor Agali, Taribo West, Ifeanyi Udeze, Victor Ikpeba, Tijani Babangida and Garba Lawal.

“Both North and South do not know boundaries when it comes to football and other sports. So, we are appealing to Nigerians to look beyond religion and ethnicity.

“For once, let us get one person who will fix this country irrespective of where he comes from and then the rest shall follow,” Bello said.

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He hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing a youth, Abdulrasheed Bawa as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

According to Bello, corruption is the bane of security in the land and Bawa’s vigour and youthfulness will help in the fight to curb it.

“Mr President so much listens to us that he agrees that the bane of development is corruption.

“One of the factors responsible for insecurity today is corruption. Funds meant for development and funds to fight insecurity are being siphoned using one subhead or the other.

“But Mr President who listens to the calls and yearnings of the youths appointed one of us to head the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC and you are going to see the magic wand in the fight against corruption because Mr Bawa knows that the future lies squarely on the shoulders of the young generations.

“So, we will do everything possible to assist Mr Bawa to succeed on the job,” Bello said.

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