Bishop Onuoha decries imposition of gov candidate on Imo people

The issue of the next governor of Imo State should be a topic for fervent prayers and concerted effort to every Imo person.
This was the view of Bishop David Onuoha of the Anglican Diocese of Okigwe South during the First Session of the Ninth Synod of the Diocese held at Holy Trinity Church, Onicha Uboma, Ihitte Uboma Local Council of Imo State
The bishop, who was visibly irked by the plot by the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha to install his son-in-law, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu as his immediate successor, noted that experience, competence and strength of character were non-negotiable in the choice of next governor of Imo State, and charged the electorate to reject the imposition of candidates on them.
“The attempt to make the office of the number one citizen of Imo State a hereditary family enterprise is not only despicable, but should be out-rightly rejected. We cannot accuse a particular section of the nation of dominating governance when we are doing the same thing in our own corners”, Bishop Onuoha said.
The Bishop charged Christians to ensure that they obtain their voter’s card and condemned the apathy exhibited in politics by some Christians. He said that the untold hardships being experienced in the country were pointers that politics is too important to be left in the hands of greedy and selfish people.
The Anglican Bishop bemoaned the apparent retreat amongst members of the Imo State of Assembly as he wondered whether they were still embarking on their legislative oversight functions.
He was particularly bothered about the new labour law in Imo State where workers now work for only three days a week and pensioners were being made to sign away a greater percentage of their due entitlements.
The Bishop who decried lack of transparency and accountability in government in Imo State urged the law makers to come out of their seclusion and face the challenges of ensuring good governance in the state.
In a synod lecture entitled “The Legislature and True Joy and Peace in Nigeria”, the Deputy Senate President, Dr. Ike Ekweremadu, revealed that plans were underway to revisit the bill for the establishment the South East Development Commission.
Ekweremadu, who was a guest lecturer at the Synod, said the bill, when passed into law, will address the marginalization of the South East Geopolitical Zone at the Federal level.
The Deputy Senate President decried the incessant disregard of the legislative arm of the government and noted that such actions constitute abuse of power which in turn is an invitation to anarchy. He enjoined Christians not to display apathy towards politics, adding that lawmakers who have lived up to their calling should be re-elected to continue with the good work they are doing as legislators.
Present at the occasion were the former Vice Chancellor of the Imo State University, Prof. B. E. B. Nwoke, who moved a motion for the adoption of Synod Lecture and also gave vote of thanks to Dr. Ike Ekweremadu on behalf of the Diocese; Prof. Chinedu Nwajiuba, Vice Chancellor, Federal University Ndifu Alike Ikwo (FUNAI) Ebonyi State, the Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Caleb  Maduoma and other brother Bishops from the Province and outside, retired archbishop of Aba Province, Most Rev Ugochukwu Ezeoke, retired Bishop of the Diocese of Egbu, Prof. Emmanuel Iheagwam, President and Knights of the Diocese of Okigwe South, amongst other distinguished guests.

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