Daily Trust (Abuja)

15 December 2012

Nigeria: Motorists, Commuters Stranded As Jonathan Worships at RCCG

Lagos — Thousands of motorists and commuters in and around the headquarters of the Redeem Christian Church of God (RCCG) were yesterday forced to trek several kilometre as security officers closed the roads from the Presidential Lodge at Marina area on Lagos Island to Lagos- Ibadan expressway for President Goodluck Jonathan who was in Lagos to participate in the on-going end of the year RCCG special programme.

Affected motorists and commuters had a hectic time moving on the ever busy Lagos-Ibadan highway as a result of the traffic congestions on some major roads leading to the expressway.

Weekly Trust gathered that the right flank of road had to be closed to other motorists and commuters for the President to have easy passage.

However, the action caused several hours of traffic jams that left thousands of workers and traders on the Island stranded.

The traffic situation became worse for the stranded passengers as commercial motorcycles were nowhere to be found.

One of the affected motorists whose Mercedes car engine suddenly stopped working while in the traffic, Mr. Tunde Odeyemi blamed the RCCG for not taking ordinary people into consideration when planning such a big programme that the President would attend.

"I have closed from work and went to pick my family for a planned journey to my home state, but, we have been here on same spot, because Mr. President would be attending a church service at Redeem.

"We have been deprived of the right to move. Our right of movement has been seized by Jonathan's security men. We cannot get to our destinations on schedule and the children are already tired. Some of us are hungry. This is not a good democracy. We are still waiting two hours and Mr. President is yet to pass-by. We don't know when he would deem it fit to pass," Odeyemi lamented.

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