I’ve forgiven Igbo leaders taunting me for joining APC says Okorocha


Gov. Okorocha receiving a copy of Holy Bible from Dr. Samuel Uche (JP) Prelate, Methodist Church Nigeria

Governor Rochas Okorocha has said that he has forgiven politicians in the state and even in the South-East who branded him “Boko Haram” because he was part of the merger that gave birth to APC, adding that the name – calling got worst during the campaigns for the 2015 elections during which he was also called“Alhaji” in Government House, and also accused of working with Mohammadu Buhari to Islamize the Igbos.

Governor Okorocha spoke when Senior Priests of the Methodist Church of Nigeria led by its leader in the country His Eminence, Dr. Samuel Kanu Uche paid him Courtesy Call on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Government House Owerri, adding that even the Chapel he built inside the Government House was branded Mosque because his opponents did all they could to incite the people against him but said, the more they did all that, the more Imo people appreciated him.

He said that, it gives him cause to be happy today that what he saw that made him to take the political risk of joining the merger that metamorphosed into APC, most Igbo leaders are today seeing it, adding that he has forgiven all those behind the blackmail or those behind all the propaganda.

Governor Okorocha also said that the situation in Imo before his governorship was embarrassing with nothing to show that Imo was a state, and with the state being associated with deities like Otamiri, Nworie, Ahiajoku and so on, but he decided to rebrand the state which also occasioned the rumour that he was slapped by one of the deities (Nwaorie).

His words, “when I came in here as governor, it was an embarrassing situation to see that even the Government House was full of shanties. The entire environment was filthy. We have to clean up the place and make it look like a home for business. I have two years left as a governor, I am not building the state for myself, but for governors and citizens even yet unborn. This is the spirit with which I have come to this state”.

He continued, “There was also a systematic handover of the state to deities before I came in, and I said I have come to bring light and that light has come with our projects scattered all over the nooks and crannies of the state. We have embarked on urban renewal and have to remove shanties and create the eight lane roads you are seeing now though with challenges from the elite. But today, people are happy”.

According to Governor Okorocha, his government “also came and brought in federal presence by using certain strategies including provision of facilities and donating to federal agencies and forces like the Airforce, Navy, Police and Army. We have also assisted the Catholic Church to build Catholic University in Orlu LGA which is in progress. The state would also like to partner the Methodist Church to build Methodist University in the state. We have also built International Cargo Airport all in the bid to attract federal presence”.

Earlier, His Eminence Dr. Uche told the governor that they were in the state for two days apostolic visit to the churches, and said he was happy with the governor’s visionary leadership, pointing out that his radical transformation of the state was commendable.

The Prelate reminded the governor that those who like to share money won’t appreciate what he is doing in the state but the less privileged who benefit from these Projects and Policies like the free education, would be the ones to appreciate him. He urged him to remain focused and should not allow himself to be distracted.

Okorocha offers employment to three children of deceased aide, Chief Nwokorobia

Governor Rochas Okorocha consoling the daughter and the wife, Mrs Kate, of his deceased aide at the burial at Ugbele, Njaba LGA, weekend.

The body of late Chief Cyril Nwokorobia was weekend, interred in his hometown, Ugbele, in Njaba LGA. Until his death, he was the Chairman of Land Allocation Committee.

At the burial, Governor Okorocha announced automatic employment in the Ministry of Justice for the two Children of the late Nwokorobia who are all Law graduates. And also announced that one of the daughters of the man already working at the Imo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (ISOPADEC) be confirmed and promoted.

In addition, Governor Okorocha announced that the road built by his administration which passed in front of the house of the late Nwokorobia and a big roundabout at Umuaka also constructed by his administration have been named after him, describing the deceased as a dedicated member of the Rescue Mission family.

He also directed the Chief of Staff, Uche Nwosu to get a land in Owerri and build a house for the family, stressing that all he had done was to reward dedication and steadfastness.

He said “I have lost a great friend who believed and died for the course of the Rescue Mission. Chief Nwokorobia was a good and wonderful man who worked for the development of his area and society at large. He would be greatly missed as he was part of the conquering apostles of the Rescue Mission and his death would not separate him from the family as the relationship would be sustained”.

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