Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has said that the public holiday he declared on Monday, 21st August was to celebrate an African icon, President Muhammadu Buhari who went on a medical trip abroad and came back in good health.
The governor who spoke through his Director General on Media and Publicity, Mr Kingsly Fanwo said, “The holiday was to enable the people of Kogi State celebrate the grace of God in bringing Mr. President back alive.
” It also afforded the people of the state the opportunity to pray and fast for the progress of Nigeria and for Mr President to keep waxing stronger for the task ahead.
“It is unfortunate that those condemning it choose to take panadol for our headache. They should join us to celebrate the Lion of Africa and stop politicizing an act of patriotism on the part of the Governor.
“The Governor had a health and celebratory walk today and visited the Specialist Hospital where he declared free medical care for all patients on admission.
“To the beneficial families, it was a great day. God forbids, if Mr. President had died, many states would have declared many days of mourning. But Kogi only declared one day to thank God for saving our President’s life. Are some people angry that Mr President is back, hale and hearty to continue to fight corruption?”
Recall that many, including Senator Dino Melaye had reacted negatively to the public holiday, terming it a waste and huge loss to the State.