- Governor Rochas Okorocga said he will support President Buhari if he runs for 2019 presidency
- The Imo governor said the president was laying a solid foundation
- He said the government did not handle the Biafra issue well
Governor Rochas Okorocha has said that he will support President Muhammadu Buhari if he decides to run for presidency in 2019.
The Imo state governor speaking with The Sun also lashed out at Nnamdi Kanu and Igbo youths who have allowed themselves to be used.
He said: "I have so many windows open in 2019 as I wait for Mr. President to make his declaration, I want to be politically relevant and I have made the decision never to watch my country sink.
“If President Buhari declares to run for the office again in 2019, I will support him, because the man has a character to develop Nigeria. He has a thick skin that we need.
“We have a faulty foundation and I see President Buhari as that man who can build the foundation that we need. But I don’t see him as someone who will build this nation with a fantastic finishing with nice furniture.
“He’s just going to build a solid foundation upon which success and prosperity for the land shall be accomplished. And that’s where people like me would come in.”
On the agitation for Biafra, Okorocha said the federal government did not handle the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) well.
He said: “These young men seeking relevance as a livelihood and to tell you how daft some people can be, any mad man can just rise one day and lead a senseless agitation and he’d get followers.
“Even the way IPOB was handled by the government wasn’t right. I kept telling the government that this young man, Kanu Nnamdi, is inconsequential in the matter- treat him like who he really is.
“But now he’d been given some national attention branding the whole Igbo as IPOB members and it’s the reason for the quit notice some gave our people in the North. The matter is laughable. You cannot imagine me, Rochas being asked by IPOB that let’s go to war and I follow.
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“That’s the greatest insult to people of the east. Even if you come today and start a church you name ‘Kill Every Human Being Church’, some people will still join you. There are always people for everything you do. I would have handled it differently.”
Meanwhile, Governor Okorocha said he erected a huge statue in honour of South African president, Jacob Zuma, to attract investment to Imo state.
The governor said Zuma’s visit to Imo state was to sign a memorandum of understanding between Jacob Zuma education foundation and Rochas foundation college of Africa.
He said the South African president also met with businessmen at the Ikemba Ojukwu centre, including Leo Stan Ekeh of Zinox Computers, Pascal Dozie of Diamond Bank, chairman of Innoson Motors, and a host of others.
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