10 March 2021 By Victoria Abah.
The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has commended Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State for his efforts in ensuring fairness and balance in the affairs of governance.
The CAN National President, Revd Samson Ayokunle stated this during the official dedication of the Government House chapel in the State.
The CAN president who thanked the Governor for his step to bring justice and inclusiveness urged other State governments to emulate Kogi State, alluding that such steps have guaranteed peace in the state.
The association also conferred an award on the Governor as a “Friend of the Church” in recognition of his stand on equity and fair treatment meted on Christians in the state and his friendliness to the religion.
Governor Bello represented by His Deputy, Edward Onoja in his address noted that when he took office, he saw the absence of a worship center for Christians as an error which his administration deliberately decided to correct, hence the dedication of the Chapel was quite significant for his administration.
According to him Inclusiveness and equal access to governance are the inevitable rights of every citizen and that affirmative action is for every section of the populace, and leaders must always take the step to balance the scales.
The Governor asserted that his government had taken such affirmative action beyond just religion but also other aspect of governance which is the inclusion of women in governance as evident in the administration’s appointive and elective positions.
Governor Bello lauded the CAN President for being a veritable source of encouragement, reiterating that he was open to counsel from the Christian leader at all times.