Bishop decries deplorable condition of roads in Nigeria

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The Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, Felix Ajakaiye, on Sunday lamented the deplorable state of federal and state roads in Ekiti and the attendant accidents occasioned by influx of heavy duty trucks and vehicles passing through the state, saying urgent steps needed be taken by the state government.

Ajakaye said, “Lots of damage had been done already on the roads. There are a lot of accidents too because of the influx of these vehicles, many of the drivers don’t know the terrains. I suggest that we put barriers on our state roads to avoid further monumental damage.”

The cleric, who spoke in Ado Ekiti during the thanksgiving mass held in commemoration of the three years of the administration of Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, charged Nigerian leaders particularly political leaders to strive to do things positively different for the country to move forward.

Ajakaye, who bemoaned the insecurity, which he said had turned into a monster, said “I am convinced that we can defeat the terrible monster if most of our leaders set aside selfish and nepotistic attitudes and be sincere and face the problem frontally. Internal saboteurs should be fished out and properly prosecuted.

“They are the real enemies of the country. If you do not deal with the internal enemies, you cannot deal with the external enemies. Our fellow brothers and sisters at the warfront must be paid their dues as and when due. They must be well equipped and taken care of if we want to achieve concrete results”.

The cleric, who expressed worries that nobody had been prosecuted weeks after the President Muhammadu Buhari accused some unnamed high profile Nigerians of sponsoring IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu and Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo (Igboho), queried, “Since then, why shouldn’t they be prosecuted?

“Why is it only Kanu and Adeyemo, what of herdsmen, bandits, kidnappers and Boko Haram? Unless we begin to do things right, things will not be right with us,” he said.

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Fayemi said he was a product of grace, saying “whatever we have is unmerited because there are a thousand others who can do better”.

The governor, who assured Ekiti people that he would do his part and leave the governorship position with his head high, paid tributes to his predecessors in office, Niyi Adebayo and Ayodele Fayose, who he said did their best.

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