Governor Rochas Okorocha has said that most Imo people never believed that he was a Christian, while some of them had doubts over which denomination he belonged when he came as governor, and he was therefore baptized with so many names, but he never allowed such developments to stop his vision to work for God, and also win souls.
The governor also said that he has found favour, honesty and sincerity of purpose in one young man called Uche Nwosu, adding that he is giving him to Imo people because he will serve them with the fear of God, having been born in a very good Christian home and a humble beginning, and having shown that he is a real Child of God.
The governor spoke at the Commissioning and handing over of an ultra-modern office complex built by his administration for the State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at the Premises of the Complex Umuguma near Owerri.
The governor had earlier handed over similar office Complexes also built by his administration to the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, and the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Stating that he has built these office Complexes to encourage institutions to strive in the State.
The governor stated “I am delighted that I have fulfilled one of the promises I made to God when I was seeking for power in 2011. While I battle so many Challenges associated with my office, I am particularly happy that the vow I made to God has been fulfilled today in many ramifications. This came with a lot of difficulties as most people never understood me and some never even believed I was a Christian. I was baptized with so many names, but that did not stop my vision to win souls to God”.
He explained “One of my very first project was the construction of a modern Chapel in front of the Government House. Today, we have Chapels in all the Twenty-Seven Local Governments in the State and currently been manned by Pastors and Reverends. And the Chapels also serve as branches of CAN in the 27 Local Governments”.
His words “Today, I am here to hand over this edifice to CAN, I pray and hope that this edifice will continue to be a symbol of peace and unity in the Christendom. In few months to come, I will be exiting as your governor, I have been praying to God Almighty to help Imo State to get a good successor to continue with the good works already started. As a human being, Samuel was ordered by God to anoint Saul. It takes God to send a person to anoint another”.
The governor added “I have gone through the length and breath of Imo State and Uche Nwosu will be the best in 2019. I urge CAN in Imo State to maintain peace and continue to pray for our leaders. I urge all Churches to support CAN and its leadership. They may not be perfect but together we can build the CAN of our dreams. I handover the CAN headquarters with some operational vehicles and 2 million naira monthly subvention”.
In his speech, the CAN President, Rev. Ayokunle appreciated God for making it possible for the governor to build the complex, describing him as a man of goodwill.
He said “It is a sacrifice and an offering to the Lord. God will continue to reward the governor and his generations as he has deemed it fit to build a house for God so shall God build a house for him in his Kingdom”.
He called for prayers for 2019 elections and prayed that God should choose for Imo people the right person to lead them to glory.