Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has once again addressed the rumour of his death which made the rounds across the country in the last two weeks, describing it as a ‘desperate act of wickedness and opposition taken too far’. Speaking to newsmen yesterday in Owerri, Okorocha said that not even the late elder statesman, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe suffered such widespread level of indignity as he was subjected to in the last two weeks.
He said: “The most annoying aspect of the rumour was that a female ghost slapped me. It would have been more tolerable if a man had slapped me. I am the Governor of Imo state and I govern everything in the state, I’m above any spirit or principality. “I mean well for Imo state only that some people have refused to see beyond their biases. Nevertheless, the experience of the last two weeks has proved to me that more than 90 per cent of Imo residents support my administration and radical developmental initiatives.”
Addressing the motive behind the three-day working week policy where workers use Thursday and Friday for farming, Okorocha said the policy was to redress the ugly trend where the state depended largely on northern states for its food supply. “As we talk, the food we consume in the state, like rice, yam, tomatoes, pepper and beef, all come from the North.
If the farmers in the North cut food supply to the South East, we will face a serious challenge,” the governor said.