The Archbishop of the Owerri Archdiocese of the Catholic Church, AJV Obinna, has raised alarm over what he considered serious threat to his life following what the state government also considered a verbal attack on the the Governor, his wife and their son-in-law, Uche Nwosu.
The Archbishop penultimate week had a brush from the state government during a commendation service at Mgwoma Community in Owerri North LGA of Imo where he was attacked by the members of the Ugwumba Movement, a political organization for the 2019 governorship ambition of Uche Nwosu.
The Archbishop had said that Governor Okorocha did not have the right to choose who would succeed him, saying that only the people can decide that and called on the people to get their Permanent Voters Cards (PCVs).
He informed the people that the state needs someone who is mature and experienced administrator to succeed Okorocha, adding that Imo people are suffering under the Okorocha government.
But the Archbishop in a publication by the The Leader newspaper, the mouthpiece of the Catholic Church in Imo State, the Church would not hide it’s head like the ostrich in the face of the bad governance going on in the state under Okorocha.
The newspaper quoted a press conference held in Abuja recently by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Electoral Matters, Barr Steve Asinobi, as saying: ‘We’ll not handle him (AJV Obinna) with kid gloves’.
The Church said it “will not bury it’s head in the sand like an ostrich while things go wrong in Imo State, no matter the volume of threat and intimidation”, adding that “the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri has vowed to hold Governor Rochas Okorocha responsible, if anything happens to His Grace Archbishop Anthony Obinna, or any of those working with him.
“This follows an inciting press conference held last week, in Abuja, at Imo State Liaison Office, where two representatives of Governor Rochas Okorocha declared war on the Archbishop and the Catholic Church.
“The press conference was published on Monday, March 12, 2018, by the Daily Sun Newspaper, with banner headline ‘Okorocha draws battle line with Catholic Priests’.
“Speaking at the Press Conference, Liaison Officer Dr Edward Ihejirika and the Governor’s Special Adviser on Electoral Matters, Bar Steve Asimobi, accused the Archbishop of blackmail and Intimidation, saying that the Okorocha government would not handle him, the Archbishop, with ‘kid gloves’ as was done by the Ohakim government”.
The newspaper further quoted the appointees of the Governor as saying that ‘Archbishop Obinna succeeded in his blackmail then because Ohakim’s government handled the issue with kid gloves. But that would not be the case this time. We will not tolerate any intimidation or blackmail coming from anybody or anywhere even from the spiritual realms’.