Kogi State Governor, Capt Idris Wada, Sunday described the elevation of the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, as Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, as a blessing to the nation.
Wada, who stated this at the Episcopal Ordination anniversary and celebration of the elevation thanksgiving in honour of Onaiyekan at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral, Abuja, noted that as an indigene of the state, Onaiyekan had proven that the state has eminent personalities who were pride to the nation.
The governor, who spoke through his deputy, Mr. Yomi Awoniyi, maintained that the nomination of Onaiyekan, as the third cardinal from Nigeria, not only boost the chances of Nigeria producing the next Catholic Pope, but also came at a time when the global negative perception of the nation needed a turn around.
Meanwhile, Awoniyi has advised the state Chairman of Action Congress of Nigeria (CAN), Alhaji Hadi Ametuo, not to embark on a mission of senseless criticisms, which was capable of stalling the progress of the state.
Awoniyi, who stated this when he received members of the state House of Assembly from the five Okun speaking areas of the state, who paid him a sympathy visit on the recent motor accident, which involved Wada and killed his Aide-De-Camp (ADC), Mohammed Idris, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ADC), alleged that Ametuo's utterances lately have been targeted at heating the polity in the state.
The Deputy Governor described Ametuo's utterances regarding the state of health of Wada as misleading and unhealthy for the state.
He appealed to him to always cross-check his facts before going to the press, noting that whipping up of sentiments was unnecessary.
Awoniyi disclosed that the absence of the governor had not in any way slowed down government business.
Rather than seek cheap popularity, Awoniyi urged the ACN chairman to be human regarding his utterances adding that it was an accident which could happen to anybody.
Earlier in his speech, Hon. Henry Ojuola, who spoke on behalf of the legislators, described the loyalty of Awoniyi to his boss as unflinching, unalloyed and unconditional.