Roundabouts: Owners of ‘Shrine’ Should Pardon Me, Lokoja Must Wear a New Look – Gov Bello

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Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has pleaded with possible owners of any imaginary or real shrine in the roundabouts he demolished to pardon him because his plan was not to ‘trouble their gods’ but to give the State capital a facelift.
Bello who spoke when delegation from the Maigari of Lokoja paid him a courtesy visit over the recent election of the new House of Assembly Speaker, Umar Imam said the state capital was wearing the status of a local Government headquarters as a result of neglect by previous administrations.
The social media has been awashed with speculation that the roundabouts were being demolish to unearth some charms allegedly planted by previous Governors for spiritual cleansing of the State.
Bello said that bogus roundabouts were no longer in vogue in many cities of the world, “Let me quickly give a little insight into the issue of demolition of roundabouts in the State capital. If you travel round the world not everywhere you see roundabouts again, just go to Abuja you see junctions with many intersections where so many roads come together yet no roundabouts.
“It is not in any way fetish to destroy the roundabout because there are certain thing that are happening there. I don’t believe in that. Roundabouts are not mosques or churches, and if roundabout has a shrine probably the owners of the shrine should pardon me because our State capital must wear a new look.”

The governor who said a lot of developments would come on board despite the meagre resources at his disposal adding with prudent management he will do a lot with it; promised to upgrade the Maigari palace to give it the standard befitting of a royal father of his class and status in no distant time. “When we were campaigning and we visited the Maigari palace being my first time of visiting I felt so bad because that does not reflect the palace of a paramount ruler of his class. By the grace of God in no distance time from now we shall give it a befitting look.” Bello said he would soon embark on the tour of the entire State after which his development plans would be unveiled

Credit: Vanguard

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