Making the call, a non-governmental and civil society group- HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA), in a media statement jointly authorised by the National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, and the National Media Affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf.
Fearing that the increased but unprecedented mass poverty in Imo State could precipitate social anarchy in the immediate future, the Rights Group has also tasked the Imo State House of Assembly to shake off its notorious toga, as the ‘Assembly of executive bootlickers’, and embrace their constitutional roles as those elected through a popular mandates to provide the much needed checks and balances.
“HURIWA is shocked that there’s indeed a docile and dysfunctional state House of Assembly in Imo State, whose members pursue their selfish financial enticements, even as the so- called chief executive allegedly embarks on reckless misapplication of public funds, in pursuit of vainglorious adventures to paint himself as father Christmas in the North by building free schools for internally displaced persons. “Governor Okorocha has done no single durable rural infrastructures all across Imo State but fritters public funds in media propaganda claiming some phantom achievement and other frivolities, such as the meaningless and bogus foreign trade missions by the governor, and over 100 of his hireling and sycophants to Turkey at public expenses even when pensioners haven’t been paid in the past two years” the statement said.
HURIWA has therefore condemned the twin evil plots of the current administration in Imo State, led by Mr. Okorocha, which are targeted at mortgaging and selling off prized public assets to cronies of the governor who had spent all his growing up years in the North West.
Besides, HURIWA said its call for the immediate resignation of Governor Okorocha is anchored on the unambiguous reality that the Imo State administration, as currently constituted is parasitic, idle and have perfected underground methods of mismanagement of the financial resources of the State.
“Imo State under the current dispensation has become a failed entity and the dysfunctionality has precipitated high crime rate, mass poverty, mass hysteria, and break down of basic socio-economic infrastructures of roads, educational facilities; health facilities, and even the payment of the meagre pensions to the elderly retired indigenous elders.
“The governor must tender his resignation and be investigated for alleged diversion of Imo State resources which are used to set up private educational institutions in some Northern States, and for collapsing the economic vibrancy of Imo State. Let the Imo State House of Assembly do the needful by beginning an impeachment process should the state governor insists on staying on and further destroying what is left of Imo State” the statement added.