Netizens have berated Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State for congratulating the winner of the Big Brother Naija All Stars Season Reality Show, Ilebaye Odiniya.
Bello, in a statement issued by his media aide, Onogwu Mohammed, said her victory in the show, which ended on Sunday, confirmed her brilliance, perseverance and humility.
The governor described Ilebaye as a true trendsetter and Kogi’s pride and a beacon of inspiration and motivation to other youths, not only in the state but across Nigeria.
He said: “I am delighted to congratulate one of our own in Kog, Ilebaye Odiniya, for emerging as the winner of the Big Brother Naija Allstars Season reality television show.
“Ilebaye, you are a trendsetter and Kogi’s pride, who has excelled in both academic and social spheres.
“This victory is a testament to your brilliance, intellect and maturity. Your determination, resilience, and poise set you apart during the three months you spent in the house.”
He acknowledged Ilebaye as the face of a positive revolution in the history of African entertainment, not only for the youth of Kogi but for Nigeria, Africa, and the global community.
Reacting to the development, some netizens took to social media to condemn the governor for congratulating Ilebaye and failing to respond to complaints of bad roads and matters affecting the masses in the state.
See the reactions below.
@Udoh_D wrote: “This man, when is your tenure ending sef…you’ve been in office since the first term of the last set of Governors.”
@emidukson wrote: “For Bad roads and matters affecting the masses, he would not reply, but this one, he quickly replied.”
@imarahoo wrote: “What is the prowess displayed in the journey to win the BBN that our govt and state heads throw their weight behind winners. All these points show that our country is driven by frivolous considerations that hold no future.
“If we will become relevant in the League of Nations anytime in the future, our priority must be set. Milestones to achieving societal goals must be clear. The citizens indulged; and applauded as we reached them.
“BBN is a simple entertainment event with no intellectual or societal advancement purpose. Any governor that gives voice to it lack’s intellectual capacity to propel their state to a possible good outcome.”
@Official_Isaaco wrote: “Hmmm… Politicians’ eyes don they wink.”
@Onlineguru_ wrote: “Face governance and leave BBNaija.”
@bechiny wrote: “Womaniser that left governance to focus on trivial things. Nonsense!”
@dodondofm wrote: “Salute her as what? For what? What gain? What lessons to the people? Robbi’sh Governor.”
@ApataArc wrote: “Our government are known to celebrate nonsense. What value is the BBNAIJA added to our morals?”
@DJ_M_Jay wrote, “So all these government politicians follow dey watch BBNaija😯?”
@Jauro_Kamal wrote: “What a supportive governor, he has been her backbone and the architect behind her winning this season BB. Kogi to the world.”
@Par_veen_ wrote: “You sure say no be Kogi money Yahaya dem use farm for votes? 😂😂”