- The governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, has stated that he never renamed the Maria Assumpta Avenue in Owerri after President Muhammadu Buhari
- Okorocha stated that the claim was made up in order to create the impression that there was some sort of misunderstanding between the government and the Catholic faithful
- He stressed that this was not the case, and urged mischief makers to desist from creating tension in the state
The Rochas Okorocha-led Imo state government has denied renaming the Maria Assumpta Avenue in Owerri after President Muhammadu Buhari, Premium Times reports.
In a press statement which was released on Wednesday, December 27, by Sam Onwuemeodo, the chief press secretary to the governor, the development was described as 'misinformation' from the opposition parties.
NAIJ.com gathers that the statement quoted the governor as saying that the claim was made up in order to create the impression of a misunderstanding between the government and the Catholic faithful.
Okorocha stated that President Muhammadu Buhari road started at Government House Roundabout, Owerri and ended at Warehouse Roundabout.
The governor further expressed shock that a brick located at the popular Assumpta Roundabout bearing the inscription, Muhammadu Buhari road, was destroyed by some youths.
He urged mischief makers to desist from creating tension in the state, and stressed that the state government was not in any war with the Catholic Church.
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that there was pandemonium in Owerri over the purported renaming of the Assumpta Avenue after President Muhammadu Buhari, by Governor Rochas Okorocha.
It was learnt that the avenue was named after the magnificent Maria Assumpta Catholic Cathedral, Owerri, several decades ago, until Governor Okorocha reportedly renamed it.
One of the aggrieved residents of Owerri said most of the companies in the area bore Assumpta Avenue as their official address.
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