BY CHIDI NKWOPARA, OWERRI.
Barring any unforeseen circumstance Governor Rochas Okorocha will Tuesday, September 3, 2013 explain the involvement of his administration in the on-going abortion law saga that is tearing the state apart.
According to a release signed by the administration’s Deputy Chief of Staff, DCS, Mr. Chinedu Offor, the Governor will address the lawmakers on the state law on abortion.
“Governor Okorocha will speak on Rescue Mission Projects and the purported state law on abortion, among other issues”, Offor told Vanguard in a telephone chat yesterday.
Continuing, the DCS equally disclosed that church leaders from the Catholic, Anglican and Pentecostal families were equally expected at the event.
“Also invited to this event are our revered Catholic, Anglican and Pentecostal bishops”, Mr. Offor said.
Answering another question, the DCS urged the citizenry to note that “the Government of Imo State has not legalized abortion in the state”.
While Offor was not prepared to be drawn into any further discussion on the controversial abortion law, most critics of the administration were insistent that the Governor carefully and secretly singed the obnoxious document.
Already, the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, His Grace, Dr. Anthony J. V. Obinna, had during a press conference in Owerri last week, called for the immediate abrogation of what he called “the anti-life law”.
Apart from the Archbishop’s demand, priests serving in the province has equally held a meeting in Owerri to strategize on how to battle the abortion law.
As a the time of going to press, it was not clear if Archbishop Obinna and his priests would attend the proposed event, where Okorocha was expected to explain his stand on the law.