Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello has pleaded with possible owners of any imaginary shrine in the roundabouts he had demolished to pardon him because his plan was strictly to give the State capital a facelift and not to trouble their gods.
Bello who spoke yesterday when a delegation from the Maigarin Lokoja paid him a courtesy visit over the recent election of the new speaker Honourable Imam Alfa representing Lokoja 1 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 speculations that the roundabouts were being demolish to unearth some charms allegedly planted by previous Governors for spiritual cleansing of the State.
He indicated 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 round about 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 round about is shrine probably the owners of the shrine should pardon me because our State capital must wear a new look.”
He said a lot of developments would come on board despite the meagre resources at his disposal adding that with prudent management he will do a lot with it.
He promised to upgrade the Maigarin Lokoja 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 Maigarin Lokoja 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.”The Governor went down memory lane to recall his encounter with the Maigarin Lokoja Alhaji Muhammed Kabir Maikarfi III during his campaign when the emir prayed for him adding that Maigarin predicted that he was going to be the next governor and it has come to pass.