- Signifies intention to run for President in 2023.
- Nollywood has contributed to the Nigerian economy, but more still need needs to be done.
The Executive Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, over the weekend, hosted the Best of Nollywood (BON) Awards, 13th edition at the Glass House, Lokoja, Kogi State.
The governor presented a plaque to veteran actress, Abiola Atanda, popularly known as Madam Kofo who bagged the special recognition award at the ceremony.
While presenting the award to the recipient, the governor said he still remembers her from her movies which were hits when he was a child. He prayed that the actress continues to get the strength to thrill her fans with her remarkable talent.
Delivering a speech during the remarkable event, Governor Bello stressed that Madam Kofo started her acting career in 1968, at a very young age.
According to the governor, it means the creative industry, Nollywood, the actors and all the categories of people that form the Nollywood were all young as at the time they started the business.
He affirmed that for the industry to be sustained, it means they are mentoring the younger ones to take over from them noting that is why Nollywood remains what it is to date.
He said “the killing and kidnapping all over the country are avoidable and how to avoid it is in your hands. How do you recruit your leaders?
“Nollywood has contributed to the Nigerian economy, but more still need to be done.
“You produce films and movies, you teach us and our children certain things, you educate us, you enlighten us, but how much time have you created to educate Nigerians properly on how to elect their leaders, who will ensure that the senseless killings are avoided because everything is on leadership?
“When I say leadership or leaders, it’s not President Buhari alone, or governors, Senators, Reps or political leaders alone, including our religious leaders down to our various homes.
“My dear brothers, the opportunity is presenting itself, if you are still expecting Madam Kofo to come and continue to entertain us in this golden age, then we are not ready.”
Governor Yahaya Bello who expressed his interest in running for the highest office called on the youths to work towards “wrestling” power from the elders ahead of the 2023 elections.
He asserted that the best way to restructure the country is to allow Nigerian youths to take over the leadership of the country.
The governor who said he has no other passport than a Nigeria passport, disclosed that he is ready to make sacrifices for Nigeria to get better, noting that 2023 general elections will be a different ball game.
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