Yahaya Bello, Kogi State governor, has expressed satisfaction that he save the country from a bloodbath.
He said this days after he convinced northern traders to end the food blockade to the southern part of the country.
Bello, who spoke to journalists in Abuja at the weekend, said his decision to intervene in the face-off between the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers in Nigeria (AUFCDN), and the south, was borne out of his patriotic desire to consolidate peace and security in Nigeria.
The governor pointed out that his timely intervention averted a brutal war between aggrieved northern youths and those in the south they felt were responsible for the killing of their kinsmen and the destruction of their property in the Sasa area of Oyo State.
Bello pointed out that contrary to insinuations that he was dispatched by the Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to intervene in the crisis, he was neither contacted by the president nor the party to broker the peace.
“I was not invited by anybody, group or party to broker the peace deal that has saved the country from bloodbath. I had to intervene because of the tension that was building up in the North due to the killing of some traders and destruction of their means of livelihood in some Southern states without any intervention by anybody”, he said.
“By God’s grace the strike was called off and the supply of food restored by the traders. This country needs peace and stability to survive and nothing should be done to truncate the peace,” the governor said. The governor also accused some people in position of authority of stoking crisis in the country and looking for more ways to bring down the country.
On his presidential ambition, Bello made it clear that he is serious about leading Nigeria so as to make it work, particularly for the younger generation, the downtrodden, women and the weak.
The governor boasted that he would win the APC primary and go on to win the presidency if a level playing field is provided by the party.
Bello argued that he is not afraid of anyone in the pursuit of his presidential ambition.
He also stated that the APC should jettison any attempt to pick its presidential candidate based on north/south dichotomy, and choose its flag bearer strictly on merit, so as to serve the interest of the nation better.
“Nigeria is ill and we need to get it fixed and I believe the younger generation has the solution that the country needs to thrive. That is why I am pleading with all to jettison all the things that divide us and explore what can unite us.
“In 2023, it should be that the door should be left open for anyone to contest and for the best to be chosen to provide leadership for Nigeria,” the governor further said.