Kogi State government has declared today August 21 a public holiday for citizens to thank God for the safe return of President Muhammadu Buhari to the country.
This is contained in a statement released by the governor’s director of media, and publicity Mr. Kingsley Fanwo.
Fanwo said the public holiday was to enable the people to give thanks to God for returning Buhari in sound health and sound mind, he also added that the decision was also in line with the support the people of the state had been giving to Buhari in his efforts at correcting the ills of the past and putting the nation on sound economic footing.
The statement read:
“The Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has declared Monday, 21st August 2017 as Public Holiday and Thanksgiving Day to thank the Almighty God for the safe return of President Muhammadu Buhari in sound health and sound mind.
“The gesture is in line with the support of the Kogi people for the renaissance of our nation by Mr. President.
“We urge Kogites to also use the occasion of the Public Holiday to pray for Mr. President as he resumes his responsibilities of repositioning Nigeria.
“The Governor thanks Kogites for standing by the President and for trooping to Abuja in thousands to welcome the ‘Lion of Africa’.”
Meanwhile, the Kogi State People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has described as an aberration, the public holiday declared by the government in honor of the return of President Mohammadu Buhari.
The party in a statement, signed by Achadu Dickson, Director Research and Documentation, lamented that while it is an acknowledged fact that governance in the state has drifted in the last seventeen month’s, declaring a public holiday in the state is the heights of lack and loss of ideas.
Achadu, said while governance in the state has been brought to its lowest ebb, with workers owed salaries and pensions for as much as seventeen months, the heavy indebtedness by the state to commercial banks to the tune of N35billion, with nothing to show in terms of infrastructure leaves much to be desired by the declaration of a public holiday.
The party, however, noted that while it shares in the joy of the nation in the health recovery of the President but that loss of man hour with the declaration of a public holiday, is an indication that they have reached the lowest ebb in terms of governance.
The party urged citizens that rather than devote energy to pray for Mr. President, they should pray for God to heal Kogi state, noting that the state has lost focus, and is losing the decency of comity of serious States in the country.
President Buhari returned to the country on Saturday, August 19, 2017, after being away for more than 100 days on medical vacation.
This morning he addressed the nation. In his speech, the President spoke about Nigeria’s unity, agitations, and the war on Boko Haram, among other things.
You can listen to his full speech below: