By Yekini Jimoh in Lokoja
The Attah Igala, Idakwo Michael Ameh Oboni 11, and former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmadu Ali, have called on those hiding under ethnicity to foment trouble in Kogi State to have a rethink and embrace peace in the interest of all.
The duo spoke separately at the third anniversary programme of the paramount ruler held in Idah in the state at the weekend.
The royal father who commended the state Governor, Alhaji Bello, for his peaceful disposition further stated that Ebiras migrated from Idah to Koton Karffi and Okene in search of greener pastures, stressing that Igalas and Ebiras are one tribe.
He warned those trying to fan the ember of disunity between the Igalas and Ebiras to desist from such act in order to pave the way for peace and development in the State.
The monarch charged the governor to start the change mantra of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Igala Kingdom which is his ancestral home in order to bring development closer to those at the grassroots.
On the anniversary celebration, the royal father said the occasion was postponed for a week following the death of the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr. James Ocholi.
Meanwhile, the former National Chairman of PDP, Ali, speaking at the occasion, said power belongs to God and He chooses whom He gives at a particular time, urging the Igalas to massively support the administration of Bello in order to bring even development and transformation to every part of the state.
“Don’t go to war with Ebiras; my children, power belongs to God, He chooses whom to give, it can be your turn tomorrow, now it is the turn of Yahaya Bello whom all of us have to support to succeed,” he stated.
The governor who was delighted by the encouraging words from the royal father and several speakers at the occasion. said his government would ensure equity, justice and fair play in the discharge of duties and distribution of social amenities to every part of the state.
The governor who was welcomed into the palace by a large number of admirers said the Attah Igala has exemplified foresight required by any leader to lead the nation.
He said the bane of the state and the nation at large is the people at the helms of affairs who only thought of their “belly and the end was always disastrous.”