Catholic Bishop, Rights Groups Condemn Attempts to Derail Uzodimma’s Road Projects

The Catholic Bishop of Okigwe Diocese, Most Rev Dr Solomon Amatu yesterday condemned the attack on the construction company working on Owerri- Umuahia road, and Owerri-okigwe roads which led to the killing of their security personnel, wondering why those behind the attacks want to stop the good works the governor is doing.

Amatu who spoke during his sermon at the Golden jubilee wedding anniversary of Prof Maurice Iwu and his wife, Lady Kate asked if those engaged in the violence do not want the governor to bring progress to the state.

” I drove from Anara to Owerri today and the road was smooth, no pot hole or bad spot. That is the good road the governor is doing which these people don’t seem to be happy with” the Bishop said

Gun men had in the last two days murdered two policemen and an army officer providing security for construction workers along Owerri- Okiigwe road and Owerri Umuahia road

While urging the perpetrators of the violence to desist from their murderous activities, Bishop Amatu said he didn’t believe that some people don’t want progress being driven by Gov Hope Uzodimma.

He said there was need for the people of the state to support the governor to accomplish his developmental agenda in the state.

Earlier in an interview, two human rights groups blamed the opposition PDP for recent violence in the state.

According to them, PDP is afraid that Uzodimma would be easily reelected based on his signature projects, hence the attempt to scuttle them.

Mr onyemachi Njoku, chairman of Nigeria Youths for Democracy condemned what he called a deliberate but vicious attempt by PDP to whittle down the progress made by Uzodimma through violence.

He said the recent killings in the state were targeted at blackmailing the administration of Uzodimma.

Njoku frowned at the senseless waste of 0lives in Imo because of politics and advised the opposition to desist from the act.

Also speaking, Dr Nwankwo Kalu of youth against violence asked the security agencies to redouble their efforts in apprehending the perpetrators of the violence.

He said they should look at the way of the opposition since it was clear that they don’t want Uzodimma to succeed.

Oguwike Nwachuku

Chief Press Secretary and Media Adviser to the Governor