June 25, 2024

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Tinubu sees Imo’s Uzodimma sworn in for a second term as gov says he forgives all

GUESTS and dignitaries waited, and waited, until Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State was sworn in for a second term in office this Monday afternoon.
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu was there live in Owerri. (Photo above.)
Uzodimma took the oath of office at about 3.23pm, to commence his second tenure in office, at the Dan Anyiam Stadium Owerri, the state capital.
Earlier, Lady Chinyere Ekomaru took her oath of office as deputy governor of Imo State.
The event was witnessed by thousands of Imolites and guests from outside the state, including President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and other chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Earlier, Uzodimma laid the wreath at the cenotaph at the Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu Square in honour of unknown soldiers at the 2024 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration in Owerri.
On Sunday, the governor announced he has forgiven all those who offended him while he was discharging his duty as governor in the past four years.
He made the remarks on Sunday at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral in Owerri, during a pre-inauguration cum Armed Forces Remembrance Day Thanksgiving Service where he used the opportunity to renew his covenant with God and the people of Imo State concerning his governorship and resolve to serve only God and humanity.
His chief press secretary and media adviser Oguwike Nwachukwu says that Uzodimma emphasises that he had wholeheartedly forgiven all those who have offended him.
Importantly, Nwachukwu says Gov. Uzodimma urges those he may have offended in the course of discharging his official duties to find a place in their hearts to forgive him as well.
According to him, the governor notes: “In renewing this covenant, I also acknowledge my imperfections as a mere mortal. In the course of doing this job as governor, I may have, wittingly or unwittingly offended some people.
“I want to take advantage of my presence here at the altar of God to apologise to these persons and ask to be forgiven. In the same spirit, I have wholeheartedly forgiven those who may have offended me.
“I crave peace for our state. In that wise, let us work together in the atmosphere of peace for the progress of our State.”
It was on a day His Grace, Most Rev Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, the Metropolitan See of Owerri Archdiocese of the Catholic Church, in his homily, reminded politicians of the need to use their positions to serve God and humanity.
Governor Uzodimma says he is aware that only God gives power and having entrusted same in his care, first in 2020 and now following his re-election, the last thing he would do is to misuse it:
“I know for a fact that I would never have been the governor of Imo State without the approval of God. He made it clear that He bestows power on those He wishes.
“I also know my covenant with Him, which is to serve faithfully and honestly. I am here today to renew that covenant with God and the people of Imo State. I am also here to express my gratitude to God for the privilege of making me a governor for the second time.”