From Joe Amedu, Lokoja
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has pointed out that as his mother’s last child, his coming into this world through her was miraculous, saying that she gave birth to him when she was too old, at a time nobody ever expected her to give birth anymore.
Her prayers while he was growing were that he would someday be a leader not only in the state but in the North at large.
The Governor said that his agenda for unity and peaceful co-existence amongst all tribes in the state were being driven by the charge and instructions of his mother when he became governor in his first term.
He narrated that before her demise, she charged him to ensure the safety of lives and properties of the people of the state.
This charge from her mother, Bello pointed out, was as a result of her experience at the hands of kidnappers in 2014 where she was kept in a cave for 93 days.
Governor Bello made these revelations when the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan led a delegation of Senators to pay him a visit at his country home, Agassa in Okene Local Government Area over the demise of his mother, Hajia Hauwau Bello.
Hajia Hauwau Oziohu Bello died on Sunday after a brief illness at the age of 101 years.
The Senate president while condoling the governor said the family’s matriarch lived a very fruitful life, which was reflected in the quality of children she produced.
Lawan commended Governor Bello for his efforts in the sustenance of peace and security for people of the state.
He said while he was on his way to Okene, he shared the story of the level of insecurity that Okene was known for before the coming of Bello, noting that the achievements of the governor in the area of peace remained unparalleled.
He acknowledged that the state had an excellent representation at the Senate chamber as the three senators from Kogi state according to him, have shown unity and have also worked with the National Assembly’s leadership towards securing beneficial ends for their state.
On his part, Alhaji Abba Kyari, Chief of staff the President prayed to God to grant the deceased eternal rest and give the children the fortitude to bear the loss.
“On behalf of my family and the people of Nigeria, I commensurate with your entire family and the people of Kogi state. The late Hajia Hawawu Bello will be remembered for her fervent support and encouragement to governor Bello in the last four years” the President said .
In his response, Governor Yahaya Bello appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for condoling him , his family and the people of the state , noting that his strive and agenda for unity and peaceful co-existence among all tribes in the state were being driven by the charge and instructions of his mother when he became governor in his first term.
Governor Bello explained that before her demise, she charged him to ensure the safety of lives and properties of the people of the state, noting that the charge from his mother was as a result of her experience in the hands of kidnappers in 2012 where she was kept in a cave for 93 days.
He promised that he would continue to ensure the security and safety of the people and their properties are guaranteed within the best of his abilities.
In his sermon at the occasion the Chief Imam of Ebiraland Sheik Salihu Abere described the the governor’s mother as a woman who have put smile on the faces of the less privileges.
The Chief Imam advised Bello and his siblings to uphold the good name and legacies of their late mother, Hajia Hauwau Bello. He gave the admonition at the three Day Fidau Prayers in honour of the deceased held at the Governor’s residence in Okene on Tuesday.
He challenged Bello and his siblings to continue to remain united as ever before to enable them live up to expectations in tackling the responsibilities of the family their late mother left behind.
The Clergy while praying for the peaceful repose of the soul of the departed mother, noted that the crowd at the event showed that she lived a humble and fulfilled life.
Among the personalities that graced the three- day fidau prayers were the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, Ministers of Special Duties, Information, FCT(State), Foreign Affairs (State) and Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
Also at the event were the chairman and vice chairman of the traditional council in Kogi state, HRM, Michael Ameh-Oboni11, Atta’Igala and HRM, Alhaji Ado Ibrahim, Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, State Deputy Governor, Edward David Onoja and Senior Special Assistants on Security Matters to the Governor in the twenty-one local government areas
Others included the Secretary to the Kogi state government,Mrs Folashade Arike , Speaker of Kogi Assembly, Matthew Kolawole, Commissioners and Senior Special Assistants and state Assembly legislators.
The Kogi state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello thanked all for gracing the occasion, saying that his mother lived a life worthy of emulation.
The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Kogi chapter, in a statement by NMA Chairman in Kogi, Dr Kabiru Zubair, on Tuesday in Lokoja, expressed the association’s heartfelt condolences to the governor and the entire Pa Ipemida Ochi’s family over the demise of their beloved mother.
Zubair said: ”The NMA wishes to express her heartfelt condolences to His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya
”The Matriarch, who has nutured her children to prominence, has contributed immensely to the development of the State and the country at large.
”The NMA wishes to sympathize with His Excellency and his entire family over this great loss,”