Imo State governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has said that he would forgive all the mischief-makers who speak against his person, but that he will not forgive those who speak evil against all the laudable projects he designed to alleviate the sufferings of the good people of Imo State.
The governor made the declaration while inaugurating the first batch of Imo Peace Advocate Corps recently at the Banquet Hall, Government House Owerri.
According to Owelle Okorocha, this assertion is in tandem with the biblical injunction that say “whosoever shall speak against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him” (Matt. 12:32).
The event which attracted personalities from within and outside the country had as its high point the setting up of an advisory committee on the prerogative of mercy by the governor.
The committee which would have the State Commissioner of Police, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Imo State and the Chief Judge as members, according to the governor, would advise him on how to mitigate the condition of prisoners and those awaiting trial for a very long time.
The governor who said there is no alternative to peace, implored all to crave for peace at all time. He commended the commandant of the corps, Chief Engr. Peter Ohagwa for a job well done and enjoined him to move into the nooks and crannies of Imo State where there are crises to settle the disputes.
The governor who also had in audience members of the League of peace advocates from Italy said that Imo State is a peace loving state and enjoined all to be his brother’s keeper
Earlier, in an address to the August gathering, the commandant of the Peace Corps, Chief Engr. Peter Ohagwa said that his organization had resolved a total of 185 crises in Imo State, mainly Ezeship disputes.
Chief Ohagwa who is also the Special Assistant to the governor on Peace and Conflict Resolution said peace as the heartbeat of God remains the panacea to any meaningful development both in the families and society.
In his speech, the leader of the League of Peace Advocates from Italy Rev. Fr. Boniface Duru described Governor Okorohca as God’s agent of peace. He said that his league was in Imo State to assess the level of peace and internal security and commended the governor for a job well done.
The event which was marked with intermittent prayers, praises and worship saw the corps members reciting the national anthem, pledge, Imo State anthem and official oath taking before they were inaugurated by the governor.