*Governor’s deafening silence speaks volumes
Senator Dino Melaye has expressed deep shock over the assassination attempt on his life late on Friday 14th April 2017 in his residence in Aiyetoro-Gbede, Kogi West Senatorial District, describing the situation as unfortunate, regrettable, highly disturbing and very strange to the socio-political culture of Kogi West senatorial district.
In a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Gideon Ayodele, the Senator thanked the Almighty God for sparing his life as he declares that God is his “Rock and Salvation”.
Senator Dino Melaye declared his strong resolution to continue to champion democratic courses targeted at good governance, masses empowerment and the Rule of Law. He promised never to relent in his fight against corruption, maladministration, impunity and nepotism.
Said the Senator, “No amount of threat, blackmail, name-calling and/or harassment will stop me from being the voice of the voiceless and the mouthpiece of the common man”.
He also expressed outrage and disbelief that four days after the attempt on his life, the Kogi State governor, the Chief Security Officer of the State, has neither called nor visited to know the state of affairs with him as a serving Senator from Kogi State. Said the Senator, “the Governor’s deafening silence speaks volumes”.
In the history of Kogi West, various political gladiators have, at various times, had their differences but none had ever been escalated to the level of attempt on life.
Chief Sunday Awoniyi and Chief Daniyan (both of blessed memory) had their strong political differences. Senator Dino Melaye and Prince Olusola Akanmode also had their differences. Architect Stephen Olorunfemi and Prince Olusola Akanmode and Tunde Ogbeha, also had their political differences. Senator Dino Melaye and Senator Smart Adeyemi had their serious political differences. None of these differences was ever escalated to the horrendous level of assassination attempt.
The recent incident is alien to Okun people and to Kogi West. The advent of Yahaya Bello as Governor and Taofiq Isa as Local Government administrator in the political firmament of Kogi state has brought this unfortunate socio-political paradigm shift.
Senator Melaye called on Kogi elders, traditional leaders and opinion leaders to call for order and restraint. ‘It may be Dino Melaye today, we don’t know who is next’.
The agitation for good governance, payment of worker’s salaries and welfare of pensioners should not be punished with assassination.