*Urges him to govern with human face
By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI—The Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, His Grace, Dr. Anthony J. V. Obinna, has charged Governor Rochas Okorocha to govern with human face.
Obinna, who spoke exclusively to Vanguard yesterday, in response to Okorocha’s accusation that he had gone partisan instead of facing his religious duties, reminded the governor that he cannot keep quiet in the face of palpable suffering of the citizenry.
“Will it amount to partisan politics if I ask government to pay workers their earned salaries and allowances? How can I shut up when pensioners are senselessly dying as a result of non-payment of their pension and gratuity? If the governor wants me to stop criticizing and exposing his flaws, he should please do the right things”, Archbishop Obinna said.
Making particular reference to the plight of Imo pensioners, the cleric said: “It is most baffling that the governor wants to pay a paltry 40 percent of their earned pension and expect all of us to remain quiet in the face of this glaring injustice to humanity”.
Answering a question, Archbishop Obinna said that the humanity in him would lose meaning if he fails to speak for the voiceless, hapless, helpless, sick and hungry citizens.“Has the governor spotted me in any political meeting? I am entitled to cast a single vote in an election. Voting for a candidate of my choice cannot make me a party faithful”, Archbishop Obinna said.
While challenging Okorocha to publish any political party document that bears his name, the cleric however reasoned that Okorocha is obviously angry that he (Obinna) rejected the governor’s appeal to embrace All Progressives Congress, APC.
“Governor Okorocha once led their APC faithful to Maria Assumpta Cathedral and appealed to me to join him in his new party. I told him that he was the one that jumped ship and I preferred remaining wherever I was”, Obinna said.
He recalled that even the Pope had to travel to his native country to straighten out things that were going wrong, stressing that “it did not transform the Pope into a partisan politician”.
The cleric described the projects going on in Owerri as “impressionistic”, adding that although the quality of the jobs are something else, there was no reason why they should only be sited where the eyes can see.