Imo Governor Hope Uzodimma has expressed confidence that the state will overcome its current difficulties.
Mr Uzodimma offered the guarantee in his Easter address at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Parish, Ozuh Omuma, Oru East Local Government Area, according to the governor’s Media Adviser, Oguwike Nwachuku, in a statement on Sunday.
Mr Uzodimma recounted the tribulations, which included the murder of innocent civilians, the destruction of public and private property, the destruction of police stations, and the murder of police officers, among other things.
He invited the crowd to join him in praying to God to touch the hearts of those who perpetrated the violence and move them to repentance in the spirit of Easter “as we commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
He stated that the killings in several sections of the state were politically motivated, contrary to assertions in certain quarters that they were the work of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
According to him, the personal property of opposition leaders was scarcely harmed by the state’s danger, implying that politicians could not be absolved of the deaths and wanton destruction of property.
He urged those responsible for the heinous actions to repent fast before the government pursued them, adding that the killing of innocent Imo people must cease immediately.
“These are the actions of cruel politicians who have shown no remorse and have continued to encourage the murders of their fellow brothers.”
“They are confronting God because when you seek God’s creation, you seek God.
“My administration is not weak; it is merely God-fearing.” The only problem is that we despise letting blood flow.
“We cannot allow the assassination of innocent civilians and the operations of non-state actors in the shape of criminals and hoodlums to take over the political arena,” he warned.
Earlier in his sermon, Rev. Fr. Isaac Onwuanumkpa, Parish Priest, hailed Easter as the grandest festival of Christendom.
He regarded Jesus Christ’s resurrection as “the one link that connects Christians to God via his son.”