Kogi Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has claimed that he averted another bloody civil war in Nigeria by brokering a truce between Northern food producers and southern buyers.
The governor pointed out that his timely intervention staved off another brutal war between aggrieved Northern youths and those in the South they felt were responsible for the killing of their kinsmen and the destruction of their property in the Southern part of the country.
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Bello pointed out that contrary to the insinuations that he was dispatched by the Presidency and the All Progressives Congress to intervene in the crisis, he was neither contacted by the president nor the party to broker the peace, which saved the country avoidable war.
Governor Bello said: “I was not invited by anybody, group or party to broker the peace deal that has saved the country from bloodbath. I had to intervene because of the tension that was building up in the North due to the killing of some traders and destruction of their means of livelihood in some Southern states without any intervention by anybody.
“By God’s grace the strike was called off and the supply of food restored by the traders. This country needs peace and stability to survive and nothing should be done to truncate the peace,” the governor said.
The governor also accused some people in position of authority of stoking crisis in the country and looking for more ways to bring down the country.
He pointed out that after his intervention and resumption of food supply to the south, some unnamed governors called and chastised him for intervening and bringing the problem to an end.