The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has alleged that the #EndSARS campaign and looting of COVID-19 palliatives warehouses are all agenda for 2023 general elections.
Bello interviewed on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Tuesday alleged that a few individuals are setting certain agenda for 2023.
He explained: "I did say when COVID-19 came into this country that a few people are going to profiteer and that is what has happened.
"And I am saying it again that a few individuals are setting certain agenda for 2023. Now, from #EndSARS to hoodlums stealing CACOVID to various youths or people saying IPOB and statements. Various groups are making statements."
He advised the youths to halt the protests and refused to be used by politicians to drive their personal agenda.
Bello said: “Whether we like it or not, this is 2023 playing out by a few individuals who feel they can continue to use us in this country and I am urging all youths across the country to return home."
He accused the #EndSARS protesters of insincerity opining that "they refused to leave the streets even after the government had met its demands and disbanded the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the police."
He queried: “Which struggle, which agitation, which uprising across the world has ever succeeded without leadership? I agree 100 per cent (with the agitation) but if you look at what is happening, then you will have no option but to qualify it as politically motivated,” Bello said.
“Now SARS has ended, police morale has been dampened, they have gone off the streets, and the hoodlums have taken to the streets. Who do we report to?” he asked.
Bello also reiterated that COVID-19 was nothing but a “glorified” malaria disease which had been used to siphon billions of naira.
He said, “I did say that COVID-19 is political; I did say that COVID-19 has an economic undertone.”
Bello stated that he didn’t know of the existence of a COVID-19 warehouse in Lokoja, which had been looted by thugs.