From Tunde Rahman,Lokoja
Governor Yahaya Bello has reiterated that his administration has fostered unity more than ever before among the three major ethnic groups and others in Kogi State as well as down played ethnic chauvinism.
Represented by State Security Adviser, Commander Jerry Omodara (Rtd) during the 9th edition of Ijumu Day Celebration which held at the Olujumu’s palace, Governor Bello said such unity has helped to redirect vital policies for better direction.
While adding that it has also engendered peace, he canvassed support for unified cultural day celebration in Okunland in a bid to bring in place cultural competition and unity among okun communities.
The Governor noted that through divine arrangement power shifted in 2015 and in 2023 Okun people might produce the governor if they are united and cooperate with the Ebira ethnic group to return him to Lugard House.
Earlier, the Olujumu of Ijumu Kingdom, Oba William Olusegun Ayeni who noted that the celebration was put on hold in the last two years so as not to truncate existing peace in the kingdom, stressed the importance of love and unity among the people.
Oba Ayeni urged his subjects to eschew bitter politicking and violence during the coming governorship election.
He disclosed that Governor Bello’s administration was making efforts to ensure the grading of stools that are due for grading.
The Olujumu also thanked President Muhammadu for appointing an Ijumu daughter, Dr (Mrs) Yemi Esan as Acting Head of Service, just as he solicited prayers for her to succeed.
Oba Ayeni also praised God for the existing religious tolerance in his domain and asked for its sustenance, noting that this accounted for his building places of worships for both religious adherents in his palace.
Other speakers at the event are the Director General of National Mathematical Center, Prof Sam Ale, ALGON Chairman and Ijumu LG Administrator, Hon Taofiq Isah, President, Ijumu Development Union, Mr Taiye Atibioke and a host of others.
Highlights of the celebration were cultural displays and conferment of awards on Ijumu sons and daughters who have distinguished selves in their chosen careers and community developments.