Anglican Bishop Slams Governor Okorocha’s GovtIgnatius Okpara, News Saturday, October 19th, 2013
Ignatius Okpara, Enugu
The retired Anglican Bishop of Mbaise Diocese In Imo state, Rt. Rev. Bright Ogu, has blasted the Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha describing his administration as a total disappointment to the people of the state.
Addressing newsmen Friday at the second synod of the Diocese of Ikeduru, Imo State, the emeritus Bishop, declared that Governor Okorocha has disappointed many Imo people, including myself”
The Anglican cleric, pointed out that many communities in the state had no roads and those who had roads could no longer access them because the governor had torn them open without constructing them.
Hear him: “we’re seeing things happening– breaking down people’s buildings, breaking down people’s comfort and traditions; taking people’s land everywhere and building structures that cannot be finished. This cannot be said to be leadership.
“I don’t know how he intend to complete all the structures he is breaking at the government house before he goes because he has only one more year to go?”
The Bishop alleged that the governor was running the state as a one-man business, accusing him of not carrying the people of the state along, including members of the state House of Assembly.
He further condemned the Governor’s policy of stifling the state economy by not giving the youth jobs.
“I was sitting somewhere in the market the other day. I saw lots of graduates who have no jobs sitting somewhere discussing about the government saying they have become truck pushers and keke riders. Is that ideal? The clergyman asked.
“Even if we were told 10 or 20 years ago that a time shall come when graduates will have no jobs in Nigeria, I would not believe it. But, it’s happening here in Imo. “One was crying two days ago that after eight years of graduation, no job. My children are part of it. So, we’re all victims”, he lamented.
0n the recent declaration of Governor Okorocha to run for a second term in 2015, the cleric said it would not be possible for the governor to succeed because the people had known that he had a “hidden agenda”.
He however, advised the people of the state to beware of the kind of politicians that come to their churches to solicit for their votes because “they come to the churches to deceive the people because Imo is a Christian and praying state”.
Rev. Ogu also picked holes on the governor’s defection to the opposition All Progressives Congress(APC), declaring that the state had always been unlucky with the type of governors it produces.
According to him, the former governor of the state, Ohakim, dumped the Progressive Peoples Congress(PPA) which brought him to power and joined PDP and derailed.
“Now, our man (Rochas) has come in again. He came in with APGA and now he has derailed joining APC, which is not the party that brought him into power. He has been thinking about the national level.
“If he was not able to take care of the state, how can he manage the national or federal level?” The retired Bishop queried.
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