By Kingsley Fanwo
The visit of Alh. Yahaya Adoza Bello, Kogi State Governor-Elect, today, to the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, today caused a momentary pause in the life of the city as thousands of residents trooped out to the streets to welcome and celebrate their hero. Yahaya Bello hails from Agassa in Okene.
What was meant to be a quiet visit to the palace of the respected royal head of the Ebira nation, was hijacked by the people to welcome back home the man whom they described as a “jinx breaker”.
Residents of the ancient City , having got wind of Yahaya Bello’s visit, went to the Federal College of Education, Okene entrance of the city to escort Yahaya Bello to the palace.
..thousands troop out to welcome their hero
Thousands of jubilant Okada risers, taxi operators and market women came out in their numbers to celebrate the man to become the first non-Igala to
rule Kogi State since the creation of the state in 1991.
The jubilant crowd were heard chanting “Adoza, the glory of Ebiraland” in their local language. It took almost an hour for the convoy of the Governor-Elect to navigate through the crowd to the palace of the Ohinoyi.
At the palace, thousands of people were already waiting to receive the Yahaya Bello as the crowd overpowered the magnificent palace.
The Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Dr. Ado Ibrahim urged Yahaya Bello to make the Ebira nation proud by being a good governor. He said the entire Ebira nation was behind him.
Responding, Alh. Yahaya Bello thanked the royal father for his royal blessing, saying his emergence is a blessing to his throne. He promised to use his position to project the quality of Ebira people to the world.
It was drumming and dancing galore round the Okene metropolis as masquerades were brought out to celebrate the divine victory of the