June 24, 2009

I didn’t steal Anambra money, Obi insists

By Vincent Ujumadu

AWKA—GOVERNOR Peter Obi of Anambra State has insisted that no money belonging to the state has been misappropriated under his administration, assuring the people that he would never be part of those whose aim of going into government was to short change the people.

Speaking at a thanksgiving service at the Grace of God Mission International, Onitsha, Obi said he was ready to account for all the resources that accrued to the state and how they were expended under his leadership, as his administration would continue to sustain its policy of prudent expenditure and transparency in governance.

Obi was apparently reacting to the N250 million recently intercepted  from a contractor that worked for the state government in Lagos.

According to the Governor, the state government’s concern was to rebuild collapsed basic infrastructure in all sectors of the state and vowed never to be distracted.

He reminded politicians of their responsibility of redirecting youths towards positive living, instead of employing them as thugs thereby destroying their future, stressing that every stakeholder should be committed to building a stable future for the sake of posterity.

On the 2010 governorship election, Obi stated that only God would decide the future leader of the state because what the people need is a responsive government.

In his sermon, the Bishop in charge of Grace of God International, Enugu State, Most Revered Joseph Onuchukwu, said Nigerian politics needed leaders like Governor Obi to purify the system, adding the affairs of the state should be piloted by people with the fear of God and sense of service to the people, and those who are ready to stand for the truth and be prepared to suffer for righteousness.