Sen Dino Melaye
Sen Dino Melaye

FOUNDER of Ambassador Tony Ogah Peace Foundation, Mr. Tony Ogah, has called on Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, and the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, to amicably resolve their differences to enable the people of the state enjoy dividends of democracy which he said is the right of the citizens. The Peace Ambassador made the call while speaking with journalists yesterday in Abuja described the incessant attacks and counter attacks from the two Kogi prominent sons on each other as unfortunate, demoralising and embarrassing to the youths whom the duo represent going by their age. Mr. Tony who has been uniting youths in Kogi communities using the message of peace though his Foundation said the ordinary Kogi people have remained losers due to the manipulations by the state governor, Yahaya Bello and Dino Melaye, who typically abandoned the business of governance in pursuit of their political interests which he said were not Kogi oriented. The young philanthropist, whose commitment to peace has been legendary, bared his mind on the crisis rocking the state and why peace has continued to be elusive expressing worries over the underdevelopment of Kogi state in many spheres including education, infrastructure, health and infrastructures he said were lacking. In his word, Ogah said “my worry is the hunger in the land and the lack of direction for the youths, this alone breeds crime and make us loose trust on each other. Ambassador Ogah said the “Political crisis involving Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello and Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye is not in the interest of Kogites. A situation where fracas between the two sons of Kogi will led to the death of two persons whose parents possibly did not know where they went is most unfortunate and unacceptable. To him, youths must always mind themselves from politicians and troubles the defenseless youths are always at the receiving ends. Speaking further, he said “the scuffle led to the death of two persons; will you tell me it is in the interest of the common man?” He called on Senator Dino Melaye and Yahaya Bello to forge a relationship to underpin and guarantee a future for the youths of Kogi who are almost disappointed at the trends in the confluence state. He asked if anybody ever wondered what could have been the cause of the ongoing “irreconcilable bitterness” between Dino and Bello. “All the adduced reasons so why will a youth go out there in support or joining the protest of people who have their personal issues at stake and can settle it when they want. Truth be told, none of the two brothers can explain in real terms the cause and sustenance of the bitterness between them. So why join in the issue you don’t know how it started?’ Mr. Ogah said it was not difficult or rather impossible for these two men to forgive each other of whatever the offence is in the interest of the state adding that majority of the citizens of Kogi are the ultimate losers in all these high level quarrels and misbehaviors. In order to make life meaningful for the ordinary Kogites who have continued to live in abject poverty while their monies are being plundered to fund illicit activities both at home and in Abuja, he challenged Kogi leaders to channel such funds into providing infrastructural and developmental programs that take the youth from crimes. He likened the current impasse between Senator Dino and Governor Bello to “two elephants that fight, and leave the grass to bears the brunt.” Furthermore, Ambassador Ogah who charged youths to be ambassadors of peace however expressed doubt over the possibility of a peaceful environment if the youths are hungry, unemployed, experience injustice, are used and dumped after election or are not gainfully engaged in ventures that will keep them away from crimes. “Every Kogi youth should remain a crusader of peace as that is what we need. He appealed to the youths to uphold the values of the society urging them to refuse to be used as instruments of violence to destabilise the prevailing peace enjoyed in Kogi State of late saying peace was a necessary condition for development and prosperity and urged the citizens to take a cue from states that were created alongside with Kogi state at the same time revealing that of all the states, Kogi was the most backward.” He admonished parents and political leaders to campaign against violence, adding that ensuring a peaceful Kogi is not negotiable for posterity’s sake. The Ibaji born entrepreneur advised young people not to avail themselves for politicians to use them to foment trouble in the society adding that but urged them to keep their ego and learn skill that will place them at par with their contemporaries in other states who he said are doing relatively well. To him, constant town hall meetings with youths and woman would keep them consciously ready to make meaning out of life for themselves. For peace to be sustained he called on the Federal Government to embrace youth empowerment as a panacea to the lingering economic problem in the country which has led many young people into crimes “We need to invest more in the youths in this country if we care about tomorrow. Human capital cannot be overemphasized in any economy and as such, our youths in this country are our strengths which the federal government should invest in”.

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