The government of Imo joins forces with the Church and other

By Henry Umahi

For Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State, No effort should be spared to protect life and property, which is the prime responsibility of government. To this end, he sought the cooperation of different state stakeholders, explaining that security is everyone’s business.

Uzodimma appealed to the Church in particular and members of the general public not to swallow any information on social media without taking the trouble to verify its authenticity. He spoke at St. John Beloved Catholic Church in Umuna Ahu Uratta, Owerri, the state capital, where he repeated, “My administration will never participate in the slaughter of my people.

He specifically instructed the Church leadership not to be misled by the misinformation circulating about the recent incident at Awo Omamma involving security guards and some bad boys.

Uzodimma, who said the Church must partner with government to restore trust in our wider society, further challenged Church leaders to take the activities of some desperate politicians seriously. imo state who work to destabilize the government, using false information on social media as a blackmail tool.

He said: “When you see a story on social media, try to investigate it properly. Go further to do more investigation before criticizing security agencies so they don’t leave us in the hands of non-state actors.

Shedding more light on the Awo Omamma incident, the Governor said those who died were the victims of a shootout with security guards (DSS) who acted on intelligence that the deceased was was heading to a meeting at their camp in Awo Omamma where they usually plan how to enforce the Monday sit-at-home order in that part of Imo State.

Maintaining that his administration will never participate in the murder of his people, Uzodimma told the audience that he hates bloodletting as a true Catholic. He said he had to abandon all strategies that would have made insecurity a thing of the past in Imo State, but for the “collateral damage” and consequently the bloodshed that would follow the Implementation.

He regretted that the leaders of Imo State, among them – former governors, deputy governors, senators and the secretary of government, among others, have continued to remain silent on the challenge of insecurity in the state, leaving no doubt that they are profiting or sponsor it.

He said, for example, that he expected them to condemn the attack on his country house, the attack on the country house of the General Chairman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Professor George Obiozor, as well as the attacks on the houses other government officials, but they never did.

Furthermore, he said, while these so-called Imo state leaders saw no need to speak out on the generous activities of kidnapping, beheading of Imo citizens , the murder of traditional rulers and the act of cannibalism associated with most of our youth involved in banditry, they hasten to embark on a condolence visit to Awo Omamma without even making an effort to ensure that the true position of things.

The Governor recalled with regret the heartbreaking experience Auxiliary Bishop Chikwe had at the hands of the bandits when they abducted him last year and took him to Oguta before his release, noting that what happened to the bishop is not what to live for.

Uzodimma reiterated that the primary reason government exists is to protect the lives and property of citizens, and that the worst thing that can happen to a society is for government to abandon its responsibility to non-state actors.

“There is no responsible government that would take life because the purpose of government is to protect lives and property. Nor is there a responsible government that would encourage any act that takes human life, especially innocent lives,” he added.

The governor, who urged church leaders to work to find out the true position of things before taking a stand, said that through his actions and performance over the past two and a half years, he will not no doubt he came to serve The people of IMO.

He challenged his opponents to show what, where and how he had taken everything belonging to the people of Imo since taking office, noting: “It’s because they have nothing against me that they decided to focus on my wristwatch as if they didn’t know who Hope Uzodimma was before he took office.

He also explained that it is a credit to his regime that the property belonging to the Imo people that the previous administration had forcibly taken from them had been returned, as were the roads that a particular government that spent seven months and never bothered to manage, wear new looks today.

Uzodimma said that although he is the head of security in Imo, he does not have full control over the security agencies working in the state to help the government contain insecurity and restore peace in Imo.

“I am not entirely responsible for state security agencies. I am only the head of security by mouth, without barracks,” he remarked.

He then urged Church leaders and all those who rely on social media reports to antagonize and blackmail security agencies working in Imo State to be wary of their actions as the people and the state might not be better off with non-state actors if conventional security agents are withdrawn.

Earlier in his homily, the Auxiliary Bishop of the Catholic Ecclesiastical Province of Owerri, Bishop Moses Chikwe urged the congregation to pray and dedicate their time to praying for the Governor and his government that God would use them for good of the society. .

Meanwhile, To further demonstrate its commitment to protecting life and property despite the evil politics in the state, Uzodimma recently donated armored personnel carriers (APCs), weapons and some vehicles to the command of the Imo State Police and other security agencies.

Senior Special Assistant to the Governor, Public Enlightenment, Mr Stanford Arinze Nwokedi, said: “The dexterity with which the outgoing government of shared prosperity Imo State has restored peace, law and order in Imo State after the reign of artificial insecurity continued to resonate beyond the borders of Imo. So much administrative effort has gone into achieving this bold and courageous goal.

“Around the world, the primary responsibility of government is to protect the lives and property of citizens. To achieve this, the government provides logistical and miscellaneous support to law enforcement. The Imo state government has reinforced the necessary security gadgets and equipment for the inevitable fight against insecurity. The latest effort to procure and donate to the police 10 armored personnel carriers demonstrated the government’s full commitment to law and order.

To substantiate this, Nwokedi said that many communities celebrated New Yam 2022 festivals and women’s August meetings were held by Imo women across the state without a hitch or hindrance.

Jerry B. Hatch