By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI—IMO people, particularly politicians, have been advised to eschew violence and embrace peace, love and tolerance, as political activities increase ahead of 2019.
The former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, who made the passionate appeal in his 2018 Easter message, was also of the opinion that “violence is an ill wind that blows no one any good “.
He advised that at the end of the day, the collective interest, welfare, progress and stability of the state and it’s people is what is paramount and not violence, hatred and intolerance.
Chief Ihedioha appealed to the citizenry not to lose the essence of the Easter season in the joy of the celebration but to reflect on the life and virtues of Jesus Christ, as well as the resurrection power of the saviour of mankind.
“The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, being commemorated by Christians all over the world, symbolizes for Imo people at this time, the positive turn around that awaits the state in no distant time”, Ihedioha said.
According to the former deputy speaker, “this Easter celebration is symbolic and indeed portends a lot for Imo people, as we have to critically reflect our common destiny with a view to taking advantage of yet another defining opportunity to liberate the state from misgovernance and usher it into a realm of a transparent, accountable and prosperous, all- inclusive government of the people, geared towards rebuilding the state.”