By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI—POLITICIANS nationwide, have been advised to embrace equity, justice and fairness, for peace to reign in Nigeria.
The Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, His Grace, Dr. Anthony J. V. Obinna, who gave the advice, while fielding questions from journalists yesterday at Maria Assumpta Cathedral, Owerri, reasoned that “there cannot be true peace in the face of glaring injustice and inequity in Imo State and Nigeria.”
Making particular reference to Imo State, the Archbishop said: “Things are so bad in Imo State that even when any group has police permit to stage a peaceful rally or protest, the government of the day will use coercion and brute force to deny them this fundamental right.”
Answering a question on the Imo Charter of Equity, the cleric said: “Equity is a concept for justice. Although it was not my brainchild, since it was fashioned out to engineer peace and justice in the state, I support it. Equity demands that the senatorial zones should take their turns on the governorship seat.”
According to the Archbishop, he has no special hatred for Governor Rochas Okorocha, even as he quickly added that it was most uncharitable for the governor to attempt doing a third term through his son in-law, Uche Nwosu.