AS PRIESTS CONFIRM SENDING APOLOGY LETTERS TO VATICAN
Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has done what most people thought was impossible before now as he was able to bring all factions in the Ahiara bishopric debacle to a round table and impressed on them, the need not to continue to project the Mbaise nation in bad light before the world. The meeting which held in the Ahiara Diocesan headquarters had priests of Mbaise extraction of different persuasions in the bishopric debacle and laities who are either in support of Okpalaeke’s appointment and those against it in attendance.
In what is a complete departure from politically correct speeches, where politicians speak tongue in cheek, in order not to hurt their political chances, Governor Okorocha preferred to speak like a father and a statesman rather than as a politician.
He obviously understood the implication of such bluntness in a politically charged environment such as Mbaise and he said “Let me tell you the whole truth of how the world is looking at you now, I do not know how you will take it after my speech now, but I have come to restore peace in this particular place.”
Okorocha made it clear that his interest is in working to ensure positive outcomes, no matter whose ox may be gored.
The governor assured Catholic faithful in Ahiara that their voices have been heard by the world and it will be unwise if they continue protesting, as that would project the great Mbaise nation in bad light.
In his words;”The governor who is a devout Catholic, church elder and choirmaster, reminded his hosts of the import of true Christian living which lays emphasis on obedience even if it means suffering. In his words; “Christianity never taught us to be violent rather it is all about enduring persecution and pains.”
In his vote of thanks after the governor’s interventions, Rev. Fr. Dr Joseph expressed gratitude for the governor’s concern and worthwhile interventions.
He confirmed the total allegiance of all priests of Mbaise extraction to the papacy and informed the obviously elated congregation that the priests had already transmitted their individual apologies to the Vatican.