Gov Yahaya Bello a bridge builder – Ighalo

Super Eagles striker and former Manchester United forward, Odion Jude Ighalo, has described the governor of Kogi state, Alhaji Yahaya Bello as a bridge builder and unifier whose leadership style has been a source of hope to the Nigerian youth. 

The footballer made the statement while paying a courtesy call on the governor at his Abuja resident on Monday. 

Ighalo commended Governor Bello for recognising the efforts, contributions and patriotism of the ex-Super Eagles players by organising a world class reception for them in Lokoja in March, 2021. 

He said such recognitions and honour remained the biggest inspiration to the young athletes who want to represent Nigeria at any level. 

While urging other leaders to emulate the Kogi Governor, Odion Ighalo said Bello has demonstrated the character and quality of a leader who believes in the prosperity of the youth of this country. He commended the governor for his various projects in Kogi state and appealed to him to continue to speak on behalf of the Nigerian youths. 

Responding, Bello thanked the Super Eagles player for the visit which he described as heartwarming, adding that Odion Ighalo just like every other Nigeria sports person has served the nation diligently, made the nation proud and brought glory to her.

The governor noted that the Nigerian forward has often displayed love and passion for the nation on and off the field of play, which he asserted was a duty and dedication expected of every loyal citizen of the country. 

He stressed that football just as other sports has been a veritable source of national integration and cohesion; hence those who are actors in achieving such feat must be recognised and honoured at every available opportunity.

Governor Bello while urging his visitor to continue to play his role in national growth, grass root sport development and other areas of interest, urged that citizens of the country should remain united in the interest of the nation.