On Saturday in Abuja, Bello made the call during the Gala Night at the end of the first GYB Seminar for Nigeria's Political and Crime Correspondents.
Bello went on to say that every politician seeking a position is there to serve the citizens, thus it is up to the citizens to define the criteria and agenda for who they want and trust to serve them.
“How prepared we are for a better Nigeria depends on how we have to set the agenda for those in governance.
“Politicians seek to serve you which mean you are hiring a servant, and so, you should be able to set the criteria and tone because those who hire dictate the terms.
“Through your reportage, set the tone now, sit down, prepare your requirements and your check list.
“Make sure you choose leaders without sentiments and bias, a leader who is detribalized, without religious bias and one who will be a leader for all Nigerians.
“Whatever success we have achieved in Kogi today can be replicated in Nigeria and that depends on how journalists set the tone for politicians to follow.
“That is what happens in developed world and advanced democracies and we can also attain that in Nigeria if you set the agenda for political parties, including my own party.
“From 1960, 1999 till date, I think we should have learnt enough from our past mistakes and learn to do things differently,” Bello said.
Bello said that as a leader he would continue to serve and sacrifice for his people and the entire Nigerians in fairness, equity and justice.
Each of the five participants who scored higher than 50% earned a consolation prize.
Ms Chinelo Obago, the competition's winner, expressed her delight and thanked Governor Bello for the training opportunity provided to journalists.
Obago stated that what she and the other participants had learned would better prepare them for responsible reporting.
“The Essay Competition came as a surprise to us and there wasn’t time to really research on the topic but we did it and some of us came out victorious.
“I am really happy and I appreciate the support Governor Bello gave to this workshop to be a success.
“I am excited and this will only spur me to put in more efforts in my job,” Obago said.