…urge citizens to emulate Late Ali Okwoli’s exemplary life of good traits, unite against divisive forces.
Governor Yahaya Bello attended the burial ceremony of Late Chief Ali Okwoli, the father of former Kogi East senator, Attai Aidoko Ali. During the event held at Ugbamaka Igah in Olamaboro Local Government Area of the state, Governor Bello emphasized the importance of emulating Ali Okwoli’s exemplary life, which was marked by good traits, and encouraged citizens to unite against divisive forces.
Describing the late Chief Ali Okwoli as a man who led a fulfilled life across all aspects, Governor Bello urged people to adopt the commendable qualities that set him apart, making him deserving of celebration both in life and death.
The governor attested that Olamaboro, and by extension Igala land, holds a special place in his heart, always feeling like home. He urged people to overcome differences that hinder progress and instead embrace unity, which could lead to greater achievements for the state and its residents.
The governor stressed the unity of Kogi state, stating that tribal differences shouldn’t divide them.
He highlighted the state’s abundant natural, mineral, and human resources, cautioning against allowing trivial matters to create divisions that would prevent them from benefiting collectively.
Under his leadership and with a united purpose, Governor Bello stated he had stood against intruders seeking to exploit the state’s resources selfishly. He emphasized that a continuity government would ensure Kogi remains united against such invaders, enabling the people to fully enjoy the blessings bestowed upon the state by God.
Governor Bello admired Chief Ali Okwoli’s well-lived life and his family’s strong connection to culture and religion. He praised their inclusive approach and lack of discrimination as a legacy of unity.
Former Senator Attai Aidoko expressed gratitude for Governor Bello’s attendance, seeing it as an honor not only to his late father and family but to the entire Olamaboro Local Government Area. He highlighted the wealth reflected in his father’s passing, evident from the caliber of attendees. He assured the governor and the All Progressives Congress of his loyalty and promised to reciprocate the goodwill shown to his family.
Salifu Joel Oyibo, the deputy governorship candidate representing the All Progressives Congress gubernatorial candidate, extended condolences to Chief Ali Okwoli’s family and the Olamaboro community. He saw Governor Bello’s presence as a strong display of love for the Igala nation, vowing to ensure victory in the upcoming elections.
HRH. Simeon Ujah, the Ejeh of Olamaboro and chairman of the Olamaboro Local Government Traditional Council, expressed delight in hosting Governor Bello. He celebrated Chief Ali Okwoli’s contributions to the region and state, noting that finding a replacement for him in Igala land would be a challenging task due to his significant impact.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor