Cardinal Onaiyekan to intervene in Bello-Melaye Feud.

The Metropolitan Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, has assured that he would intervene in the dispute between Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, and Senator Dino Melaye.

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The Archbishop said the feud between Bello and Melaye had become detrimental to the state, as the fight was beginning to take a toll on the masses.

Onaiyekan, who is the former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, revealed his intention to look into the feud of the high ranking Kogi indigenes, in an interview with Daily Sun.

He said, “I have not seen any of them. They have not brought their case to my court.

“The only plan I have in mind is to talk to Dino Melaye, who represents me in the Senate. But we have not had time to meet.”

Speaking on whether he would also speak with Bello, Onaiyekan said he was going to try his best.

Onaiyekan added: “I was thinking about it too. I was asking my colleague, the bishop of Lokoja who is sharing fence with the governor whether he has visited him.

“But apparently, the attitude of the governor did not seem as if he would welcome any intervention from somebody like the bishop of Lokoja. That is what I am getting from him.

“And it doesn’t seem as if the Anglican Bishop of Lokoja is having any impact on the situation.”

“Obviously, the quarrel between Melaye and the governor is not helping the state. We wish we could have a window of opportunity to intervene for the sake of the state because the poor people are suffering,” Onaiyekan concluded.

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