The fallout of the over 110- day absence from office of Enugu State Governor, Barr. Sullivan Chime, without plausible official explanation, has taken a new turn as two top bishops in the state have taken conflicting stands on the issue.
The Anglican Bishop of Enugu and CAN President in South-East, Rt Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, visibly angry over the secrecy of the Governor’s whereabouts and health condition, has vehemently criticized the family for blocking access to the Governor physically and in terms of information.
On the otherhand, the Catholic Bishop of Enugu, Rt Rev. Callistus Onaga condemned those he said fuelled tension in the state accusing them of going to the press to wish the governor “dead”.
But Bishop Chukwuma directed his anger against members of the governor’s family for not adequately briefing him on the state of the governor despite the fact that he was one of the strong backers of the governor when even “his Catholic bishops rejected him because of how he was brought in by the former Governor Chimaraoke Nnamani.”
Contrary to Bishop Anaga’s allegation that some people wished to governor dead, Bishop Chukwuma said he had raised prayer warriors for the governor because he is a performing governor, adding that even if he is sick there is no justification for hiding it because such is “normal to every human being”.
Meanwhile, an outfit describing itself as center for reform and public advocally with headquarters in Aba, Abia State has given an ultimatum to Enugu State House of Assembly as its next sitting “to propose or cause to be propose a resolution to investigate the continued absence of the Governor of Enugu State failing which the group would go to court.