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Kogi State releases Statement on why Public Holiday was Necessary



Kogi State releases Statement on why Public Holiday was Necessary - BellaNaija

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State

The Kogi State Government has said the public holiday it announced in response to President Muhammadu Buhari‘s return was necessary.

In a statement by the state’s Director General, Media and Publicity, Kingsley Fanwo, he said the public holiday was to celebrate the president returning alive, Punch reports.

Fanwo said had the President returned dead, states would have called for several days of mourning, so a day in celebration was good enough.

Read the statement below:

The public holiday was declared to celebrate an African icon, President Muhammadu Buhari, who went on a medical trip abroad and came back in good health.

The holiday was to enable the people of Kogi State to celebrate the grace of God in bringing Mr. President back alive. It also afforded the people of the state the opportunity to pray and fast for the progress of Nigeria and for Mr. President to keep waxing stronger for the task ahead.

It is unfortunate that those condemning it choose to take Panadol for our headache. They should join us to celebrate the Lion of Africa and stop politicising an act of patriotism on the part of the governor.

God forbids, if Mr. President had died, many states would have declared many days of mourning. But Kogi only declared one day to thank God for saving our President’s life. Are some people angry that Mr. President is back, hale and hearty to continue to fight corruption?


  1. nene+

    August 22, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Just shut you disgrace of a youth governor! You are not even better than the Dino you want to recall by all means possible. How can one compare the fine former governor Idris Wada of PDP and this clown?
    You know i must mention PDP wink.

    Eyes service returns as Buhari resumes- Shehu Sani

  2. Ephi

    August 22, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    African icon…. Lion of Africa, yet went to sit down in a European hospital for how long again?

  3. Onyx

    August 22, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    That’s it. I’m done. We are not well in this country. What did I just read? Is it possible to outsource the running of this country to the Chinese for example cos this is not funny again. “Lion of Africa” . una dey crase. Insanity fall on all of these senseless leaders we have.

  4. June

    August 22, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Singing our mumu don do! We need to wake up .

  5. Stephen

    August 22, 2017 at 5:29 pm


  6. MurdaSheWrote

    August 22, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    First of all, this State has a DIRECTOR GENERAL!!! of Media and Publicity. Laff wan kill me die. It’s not news, Nigerian Governors are ALL visionless. All fluff no substance. No mission. I hear this one is even proud. Abeg shift make I see road pass.

  7. physio Tinu

    August 22, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    this is coming from the youngest governor we have in this country. At 42, he does not realise the financial impact declaring a public holiday can have on private enterprises. How can he? how many industries exist in his state? what has he done to increase IGR? does he even have an efficient tax collection agency? wait, isn’t this the same state that is battling a “strange illness” which has killed dozens of people.

    one chance #NotTooYoungToRun

  8. chi

    August 22, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    why did britain gave us independence ..just why?

  9. LOLS

    August 22, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Goodness gracious!!! What did I just read? I was physically cringing and squinting my eyes in utter disbelief/sheer horror of it all. This is actually an official statement from the Kogi state government to defend a negatively stupefying decision in the first place!!! I just can’t!!!

  10. nnenne

    August 22, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Mr, Governor, since you must worship your god, Buhari, why not do the thanks giving on Saturday?
    God no dey answer prayers on Saturdays?
    Why disrupt your state economy unnecessarily? Just like that?

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