By Chidi Nkwopara – Owerri
Angry reactions have continued to trail the alleged intervention of the Presidency, when Senator Rochas Okorocha was arrested weekend, by the police in Owerri, for breaking the seal of Imo State Government.
While the Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, claimed that the police released Okorocha late Sunday night, $on health grounds”, the former governor disclosed that he was released through the prompt intervention of the Presidency.
Speaking on the issue, a concerned citizen, Chief Durunna Chiekezie, said: “If it is true that the Presidency intervened like the former governor claimed, it has made nonsense of President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption mantra. It is not right for the Presidency to throw its weight around.
“The Imo State Government’s claim that Okorocha was released on health ground was, and still remains a better alibi than dragging the Presidency into the murky waters. It is saddening to note that so far, the Presidency has not found it good enough to debunk Okorocha’s claim.”
For Nnoromele Okoroafor, there is no way this nation can successfully fight corruption, if any or all accused persons continue to strike the relevant chords in some quarters, including the Presidency.
His words: “If Okorocha’s claim is correct, then, it is goodbye to the anti-corruption fight. If accused persons succeed in getting protection from the high and mighty, including the Presidency, then the nation is finished.
“Do we not realize that world bodies like Transparency International, have taken note of this? Can’t we see that such acts bring collateral damage to our national psyche? I really pity Nigeria, because we have a long way to go.”
In her own thinking, Mrs. Patricia Mercy Orieanu, expressed shock that anybody would willingly defend the varying actions of the former governor, while in office.
Orieanu said: “I really don’t understand how or why anybody would willingly defend…
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