‘Take your unjustified money outta here!” – Bishop Okorocha tells Governor Okorocha


Out of the many happenings rocking our space in past 24 hours, I find this one quite intriguing, interesting, and mostly, instructive. There are some utter truths that just beat the benefit of perspective, irrespective of vantage. This Bishop just said one of such kinda truths.

The Bishop of Owerri Diocese of the Anglican Communion, the Very Reverend, Cyril Okorocha, has keelhauled Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, for inflicting sufferings on the people of Imo State through his inhuman policies and programs.

The outspoken clergy said this during the 1st Session of the 20th Synod of the Anglican Communion, which held at St John’s Anglican Church, New Owerri.

The Governor, who was represented at the Synod by one Obinna Aharanwa, gave a donation of 200,000 Naira to support the church’s development. But, he was flayed by the visibly angry clergy, who wondered why the Governor should be owing civil servants, pensioners and other contractors in the State, while pursuing anti-people policies like the concession of public parastatals and agencies.

The Bishop rejected the Governor’s donation on the grounds that he would not want the church to share in the blame for the non-payment of salaries and other financial troubles confronting the State. Hear the words of the Bishop:

“Please take your money and return it to the government. If l take this money, lmo people will say that l have collected their pension money and worker’s salary. Go and pay pensioners and workers. I won’t touch this money. We want Governor Rochas Okorocha to publish his stewardship and show us what he is doing with lmo money. We need explanations.”


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