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I Plan to Become Nigeria’s Next President after Buhari – Yahaya Bello

Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi State said he is ready to become the next president of Nigeria. Bello said he is ready to be sworn in as president in May 2023 after President Muhammadu Buhari leaves office. He said his achievements in Kogi are a veritable testament to his abilities for turning decadent states around.

Bello said he can turn Nigeria around for the better if he could turn Kogi around. He stated that he inherited a state that was divided along ethnic and religious lines, but succeeded in bringing unity and cohesion. He said Kogi State has lesser crime rate today on account of his inclusive and visionary governance.

“When I assumed office in 2016, I inherited a state that was largely divided along ethnic, religious and tribal lines,” Bello disclosed. “I inherited a state faced with a lot of crimes and criminal activities. I was faced with a state begging for leadership. I inherited a state that required the binding of youths, women and all inclusive governance.

“But today, Kogi is more united than ever before. If what I was able to achieve in Kogi is desired at national level.”

The governor made this known while speaking on Arise TV programme on Monday. He emphasized that his leadership style binds everyone together with a band of love and inclusion. He noted that he added value to governance in the prudent way he utilized the state’s resources as well as reduce the gap between the rich and the poor.

“If this multitude is yearning and calling me to come and serve this great nation in the year 2023 after president Muhammadu Buhari; I will say, yes I’m ready,” he declared. “Serving Nigeria in that greater capacity will serve the interest of the people of Kogi, Nigeria, Africa and even the black race than I remaining the executive governor of Kogi.”

Several youth groups in Kogi have been calling on Bello to declare for presidency, and some southwest youths endorsed his presidential candidacy for 2023. He stated that he does not support zoning or rotational presidency, but emphasized that the country needs a strong and visionary leader who can salvage the country from economic and political decadence.

“By the grace of God when I would have [been] sworn in as the president and commander-in-chief taking over from Buhari on May 29, 2023, Nigeria will have a heave of relief,” he said.