BEHIND GOVERNOR YAHAYA BELLO’S ELYSIAN GATES…

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Nobody forgets Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State’s mansion in a hurry. Behind the gates of the impressive manor, luxury saunters in a colourful garb. The interior depicts Bello’s dreams of bliss; you could be forgiven for mistaking it for the fabled Atlantis. The panes of quaint decor, embroidered fabric and devices ornaments the insides like the damasked wings of the pyralid.

Amid its enchanting premises, you could get lost, especially if you are a first time visitor. Recurrent callers at the mansion have been known to marvel and keel over in humility, in deference to its lavish treats.

Outside, the building is garlanded with arcs and flowers, and bunches of knot-grass. Bello’s manor is a testament of class. No doubt. However, he would be unable at acquire such luxury had he not taken the right steps in his pursuit and acquisition of money. Bello cultivated the money habit very early. He pursued and acquired money in markedly different tradition from the ways of his peers. While too many of his peers, gained from their wealth only the fear of losing it, he gained from his wealth, comfort, contentment and a deep sense of purpose.

Yahaya has completed his state-of-the-art country home on Mahmoud Atta Street, GRA Okene. Dignitaries including Abdul Rahman Ado Ibrahim, Ohinoyi of Ebira land, joined the governor during the house-warming ceremony. When the house was under construction in August, some residents of the exclusive residential area complained that the governor converted the street entrance to his private gate. But Bello carried on with the project, while Kingsley Fanwo, spokesman of the governor, said his principal had made a better provision for the affected residents. As an aside, Kogi State workers and pensioners are still groaning under the burden of unpaid salaries running into months.