There are about Four Bellos, either as surname, first name or middle name whose names ring a bell in Nigeria at every mention.
While one of the Bellos is remembered for brokering peace and stability in a hitherto war turned state of Zamfara in the North western part of Nigeria in his first 100 days of becoming a Governor by judicial intervention.
The other three are either remembered for incompetence, salary arrears, allegation of document forgery and or outright failure in leadership.
Governor Aminu “Bello” Masari of katsina state, Governor Yahaya “Bello” of kogi state, Governor Abubakar Sani “Bello” of Niger state and Governor Bello Mohammed Mutawwalle of Zamfara state are the four men leading their various states.
It is worthy of note that one of the three remaining, Bello of Kogi had devine and judicial intervention collaborating to propel him into the Government House, as a result of the death of Prince Abubakar Audu, who died before the results in an election he was clearly leading was announced.
Except for Bello Mutawalle who has shown some signs of understanding the rudiments of leadership, the other three have not given their citizens any reason to applaud, ironically Bello Mutawwalle is the only one starting his first term.
Yahaya Bello of Kogi is set to run for another four years term having nearly exhausted his first four years on a pitiable sad note, with months of salary arrears, political immaturity and unnecessary upheaval that have turned the state into a a ticking time bomb of some sort, yet the Presidency has sent a request for N10 Billion to the National Assembly to be paid to Kogi state Government as reimbursement for “projects”. If this is not vote buying what do you call it?
Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari’s stewardship is not too available in the public domain, but what is more in the public is his fight to save his neck from the Certificate Saga that had refused to go away since his days as speaker of the House of Representatives from 2003-2007, one would expect Masari to be an outstanding Governor, coming from the president’s state, but, no! news from Katsina state are mostly of Banditry and fleeing villagers or of able bodied men smuggling rice using motor cycles.
As for Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, who is in his second term in office as Governor of Niger state, his first four years was a misadventure, he himself scored his cabinet woefully, with a promise to correct most of the mistakes in his second term, as things stand he seems not have shown any effort in doing so, first he waited 5 whole months to unvail his cabinet which the PDP describe as “Bellow average men and women” the opposition party even went further to say it’s “No step forward, twenty steps backward” because more than half of the new cabinet are former cabinet members he said failed.
That’s not all, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello is a travel maniac, he hardly has time, a very close friend of mine said he has never spent ten days consecutive in the state, in this numerous travels monies are frittered away especially on chartering jets, this means insensitivity in a state that is yet to pay a minimum wage of N30,000 , where countless youth are jobless and malaria drugs of less than %1 is not affordable to some families.
Another big problem with Governor Bello of Niger state is lack of any policy frame work as a guiding plan, not even his inner caucus men and women can clearly itemise to you his plan, he leads the state in happenstance, “where my Belle face” this lack of policy document have left him signing all types of MoUs that himself cannot remember some, some citizens say they are numbering hundred.
Now the bigger problem in Bello’s Niger are bad roads, the roads are deplorable that some people have spent 2 hours to travel just 5 kilometers.
A state like Niger that is an artery ti and from the North and South connectivity ought to take advantage of its strategic location, land mass and availability of human resources to be among the best state in the federation more so that it has a proximity to Abuja the federal capital, but what do I know?