By Gid Ahanonu
The Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers has expressed displeasure over recent utterances and actions of the immediate past governor of the state, Senator Rochas Okorocha, describing it as uncivilized and unwarranted.
Chairman of the Council, His Royal Majesty, Eze Samuel Ohiri, made this known while addressing journalists after their meeting at the council headquarters in Owerri recently.
He explained that the council was officially alerted by the police of the alleged hostile atmosphere hanging over the state as a result of Okorocha’s actions, which they said, was disturbing.
According to Eze Ohiri, the security agencies in Imo reported the situation to the council for their intervention on the matter. The bone of contention, he said, bothered on the issue of alleged looting of government property by the immediate past administration in the state.
The Traditional Rulers Council, he said, also explained that the police notice on the situation necessitated the press briefing.
According to Eze Ohiri, the council frowned at the heating up of the polity, which he said, was likely to lead to a breach of the peace in the state, if not checked.
The traditional ruler therefore advised Senator Okorocha to allow the present governor, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, to rule the state peacefully.
The monarchs unanimously pledged their unalloyed support for Governor Ihedioha and encouraged him to recover any government property acquired by anybody no matter how highly placed, noting that Senator Okorocha did the same at the inception of his administration.
The royal fathers also advised anyone who feels aggrieved to go to court for redress instead of causing trouble.
They counseled Senator Okorocha not to incite the citizens against governor Ihedioha’s administration, stressing that he was massively voted into power by Imo people.
The Council appealed to both the police and prison authorities to refund the billions of naira the former governor allegedly spent in building barracks for them, stressing that Imo State cannot afford to spend so much money on federal projects while salaries, pensions and roads were begging for attention.
The traditional rulers equally advised Senator Okorocha to emulate former governors Ikedi Ohakim and Achike Udenwa who remained calm and peaceful at the end of their tenures.