Civil servants, and pensioners, in Kogi State are groaning over unpaid salaries and pensions by the state and local governments, a situation which has put many of them in tight corner.
Some of the protesters at Yagba West Local Government Area of the state on Friday, took to the streets with a coffin symbolising the political death of the Governor, Yahaya Bello and his supporters.
It be recalled that, while majority of the state workers were paid up to January 2019 and currently being owed arrears of about five months – February to June – other categories of workers, especially those affected by the screening exercise embarked upon by the present administration, are being owed over 30 months.
At the local government levels, the situation of council workers and primary school teachers is said to be more worrisome as they have been receiving their pay in percentages over the years.
Some received as modest as 17% of the old minimum wage as their monthly salary, thus resulting in a situation whereby their take-home pay could not take them home, quite literally.
Here are some of the reactions gathered on Facebook:
Titus Oluwatimilehin: In the name of Jesus we people of Kogi state we declare and degree under the mercy of God the death and burial of YAYA BELLO and his Army in Kogi state. Lord as you have done mass burial for pharaoh and is army in the red sea, father please by your mercy come proof your power again in Kogi state.
Omosayin Kayode: God is not human and is not bitter,And did you known that yourself can die before the person you wish to die,rubbish post.
Fagbemi Yetude Odunayo: back to sender.
Arowolo Innocent Omosayin Kayode: yes But he is not happy when his Children are suffering.And will definitely fight with vengeance. If u among them go out and tell them to Change from their deeds.
Atitebi Oluwayomi Joseph: Pointing one finger to someone , d remaining four(4) is onto you.
Fagbemi Yetude Odunayo: think b4 u say nd talk wisely nd nt foolishly.
Zaccheaus John: What we people did not understand is that God know the reason why he put Yaya bello allow God to judge him
Oluwaseun Lawrenceking: Wow! This prayer is too harsh dear... I knw how it feels but we don't pray for him to die we pray for God to unsite him.
Omorewon Janet: God let ur will be done ...set us free.
Jimba Fidelix Johnson: waoooo this is too big for bello to handle.