Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma defended himself against accusations of contributing to the state’s escalating insecurity, urging those blaming him to clarify their stance. He emphasized his reliance on divine grace, pledging unwavering service to God and humanity.
Uzodimma made these statements during the dedication of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church Parish in his hometown, Ozuh Omuma, Oru East local government area.
The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Orlu, Most Rev Dr. Augustine Ukwuoma, underscored the dedication’s role in fostering peace and curbing violence in the region and other parts of the state.
After the service, Uzodimma expressed gratitude to attendees and maintained that neither he nor his government played a role in the killings in Imo.
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He described the insinuation as “evil, devilish and an attempt to smear his image and blackmail” his government.
Uzodimma reiterated that as a governor he needs peace to serve the people and urged those behind the insecurity in the state to have a rethink or be ready to face the wrath of God.
The governor said despite all the accusations and blackmail against his person and his administration, God has proven to be with him because power belongs to God.
In his homily, Bishop Ukwuoma congratulated the governor for building and donating a magnificent worship place of God to the Catholic Church.
The cleric, who said with the dedication of the church it has now become the property of the diocese and the universal church, warned against any infractions in the church.
He appealed to the leaders to lead the people well “because there is a lot of hardship in the country.”
The bishop appealed to the leaders to do everything within their power to prevent the looming strike by Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) because it would not benefit the ordinary citizens but create more problems for them.