The controversy over the ownership of Obajana Cement Plant (now Dangote Cement Plant) in Kogi State may take a messier dimension, especially for the Dangote Group, as the Federal Government’s peace talks reportedly failed to address the demands of the people of the state.
Independent exclusively gathered that the peace meeting between Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State and Alhaji Aliko Dangote did not produce the necessary result, allegedly because all the leaders and officials picked to mediate were from one ethnic stock.
The meeting was said to have pleaded with Governor Yahaya Bello, in the interest of peace, to order the reopening of the Obajana Cement Plant, while discussions are ongoing.
An impeccable Presidency source, who was privy to the details of the meeting noted that no fair outcome would have been expected to come from a peace talk where one of the parties was the only one from a different ethnic group, among about five officials.
Feelers from many indigenes of Kogi State are that Governor Yahaya Bello, who many have commended for fighting for his people in spite of influence peddling, might have it tough containing what may ensue if the Kogi people’s demands are not met to some extent before a lasting solution to the impasse.