Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has said that no blackmail, propaganda and backbiting could stop him from restoring peace in the state.
The governor made the remark at a thanksgiving service in honour of Justice Chinaemerem Ucheoma Enyinna Onuegbu, wife his Chief Political Adviser and Head Political Bureau, Barr Enyinna Onuegbu at the Anglican Church of the Pentecost, Area ‘H’ New Owerri on Sunday, November 27.
Addressing the congregation, the governor noted that the synergy between the church and government remains non negotiable because “there is every need for government to seek the prayers of the church for it to succeed”.
He acknowledged that in Imo it is only God that has helped the state to continue to exist and regretted that “many people have refused to see good things happening even when their eyes are open.”
Making reference to the sermon that harped on “trusting God” which was drawn from Psalm 72:12, the governor said that it is only God that gives life and as citizens we are having life because God exists.
Governor Uzodimma said that Imo State is happy that God has given us life, which is the primary thing.
His words: “Because politics, business, the type of things we do are all secondary and when we live the primary things and do the secondary ones we are deceiving ourselves.
“In the same vein, when we play politics of do and die we are daring God.”
He wondered why people should break their heads over those things they cannot do on their own.
The governor noted that whenever he listens to the word of God it emboldens him and encourages him to do those things that please God and not man.
He emphasized that blackmail, conspiracy and backbiting are as old as the existence of man and cannot deter him from doing what he is doing that pleases his creator.
The governor said he will continue to support the church “because without the church I can do nothing.”
“We need prayers. The church should continue to pray for the families, the state government and Nigeria in general to succeed.”
The governor informed the congregation that Imo State has already overcome the spate of insecurity perpetrated in different names by those who swore to make Imo ungovernable for Governor Hope Uzodimma.
He insisted that infrastructural development, promotion of civil servants and the quantum of prosperity expected by the populace could only come in an atmosphere of peace.
He pleaded with God to continue to protect His people as our helper.
Governor Uzodimma promised that he will stop at nothing in making sure things are done properly in Imo State.
The governor told the congregation that when he makes donations to the Church he is not asking the Church to do things that are not right for him rather he “makes donations to Jesus Christ who is the owner of the Church.”
He therefore proceeded to announce a donation of N10 million to assist the Church in the building of their Hall.
Earlier in his sermon, the Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Ohaji/Egbema, Rt. Rev. Chidi Collins Oparajiaku admonished the congregation to always take their problems to God, emphasizing that “God is the helper of the helpless and God opens doors for those who trust in Him.”