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- Some groups in Kogi state have decried the continuous peddling of falsehood in the state

- The groups are especially concerned about the numerous fake news attributed to the Kogi state governor

- The groups stated that the falsehood was being peddled by politicians who have deceived and divided them in the past

The Igala Socio-cultural group; Igala Cultural Development Association (ICDA) and The Emerging Leaders forum (ELF) have decried the continuous peddling of falsehood in the state.

The groups are especially concerned about the numerous fake news attributed to the Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, stressing that it was being peddled by politicians who have deceived and divided them in the past.

They also lauded Governor Bello over his development impact on Kogi East senatorial district.

This was made known on Tuesday, February 19, when the groups paid a courtesy visit on the State Governor at the Banquet hall of the Government House, Lokoja.

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The chairman of ICDA, Alhaji Ahmodu Abubakar Sadiq, thanked the governor for hosting them, stating that such gesture was a very high level of accountability any government could give its people.

He pointed out that when the social media messages were being circulated, he investigated the validity of such claim and affirmed that they were mere falsehood peddled by frustrated politicians.

The chairman asserted that Governor Bello within his capacity as the chief executive of Kogi state and a known crusader of equity, fairness and equality could not have made such statement about the Igala people.

He however promised to take the truth back to the people and clarify to them that such allegations were concocted lies by evil doers.

Alhaji Sadiq noted that the administration of Governor Yahaya Bello has impacted positively on the people of Kogi East in all ramifications.

He attested that the region had not witnessed such developments under past administration like it was under the governor’s administration.

He further affirmed that the governor’s contribution to ensuring that the Igala Unity House project in Anyingba was actualized was a clear indication of his love for the Igala people.

He made mention of projects like the Ankpa Township roads, Okpo-ibana-ogugu-ette road and other infrastructural projects recorded in the region as commendable feet of the Bello led administration.

He promised that the people would repay such kind gesture of Governor Bello when the time comes.

In his own remark, coordinator of ELF, Dr. Usman Ogbo acknowledged the timeliness of such meeting, stressing that such false information could have done damage to the existing peaceful coexistence in the state.

He said the governor had broken down the barriers of ethnicity and has ensured fairness and equality for all.

Dr. Ogbo explained that this government had brought about a change of narrative to the lives of youth, stating that governance was not just about clinging to leadership positions but laying strong legacies for generations.

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Governor Bello recently debunked a statement attributed to him casting aspersions on the Igala people of the state.

Few days ago, an image of the governor appeared online falsely attributing a quote to him, saying he can buy the votes of an average Igala man with N6,000.

The governor denied making the remark, describing it as bigoted, insensitive, insulting, and instigating in a statement personally signed by him and sent to Legit.ng on Tuesday, February 19.

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