The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Dr. Samson Ayokunle, has criticised the Federal Government for its inability to complete the Abuja/Lokoja highway that has been under construction in the past 15 years.
This was contained in a statement issued by the CAN President on Monday, March 8.
Ayokunle made this known during the inauguration of Government House Chapel, Lokoja, calling the road a national shame.
According to Ayokunle, the lukewarm attitude towards the construction of the 200km highway remains a sore thumb in the life of various leaderships at the federal level.
He further stressed that until the leaders imbibe the spirit of sincerity and fear of God; the country might not receive the desired change.
“Lokoja/Abuja highway is a shame of the country. Do something and remove this shame, 15 years of constructing a 200km road is a shame,” he said.
If the human and material resources the country is blessed with are properly harnessed; the country will join the comity of great states and dust off the present hardship in the nation, he asserted.
The CAN president, who said the present generation in the country were sophisticated and educated; hinted that it’s no longer easy to use old tricks on the people.
“While practising democracy, let us use our native wisdom. We need justice, fairness, and mutual respect in Nigeria,” he said.
In his remarks, Governor Yahaya Bello, who was represented by his deputy; Chief Edward Onoja, thanked God for giving his government the wisdom and strength to construct a Christian chapel in the seat of government.
He stressed that the adherents of various religions, particularly Muslims, Christians, and traditional worshippers, abound in every family setting in Kogi; adding that when people were dissatisfied with certain policies in the society, it behooves the leadership to rectify the situation.
The governor urged the residents not to allow their grievances to degenerate to violence; but to take part in the dialogue to resolve issues to the benefit of all.
On the Abuja-Lokoja road, Bello restated the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to right previous wrongs, assuring that the road would be completed soon.