The church will not bury it's head in the sand like an Ostrich while things go wrong in Imo State, no matter the volume of threat and intimidation.
But the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri has vowed to hold Governor Rochas Okorocha responsible, if anything happens to His Grace Archbishop Anthony Obinna, or any of those working with him.
This follows an inciting press conference held last week, in Abuja, at Imo State Liaison Office, where two representatives of Governor Rochas Okorocha declared war on the Archbishop and the Catholic Church. The press conference was published on Monday, March 12, 2018, by the Daily Sun Newspaper, with banner headline "Okorocha draws battle line with Catholic Priests".
Speaking at the Press Conference, Liaison Officer Dr Edward Ihejirika and the Governor’s Special Adviser on Electoral Matters, Bar Steve Asimobi, accused the Archbishop of blackmail and Intimidation, saying that the Okorocha government would not handle him, the Archbishop, with "kid gloves" as was done by the Ohakim government.
"Archbishop Obinna succeeded in his blackmail then because Ohakim's government handled the issue with kid gloves. But that would not be the case this time. We will not tolerate any intimidation or blackmail coming from anybody or anywhere even from the spiritual realms. "
The press conference claimed that the Archbishop made a verbal attack on the Governor's wife and Chief of Staff, Uche Nwosu.
Analysts say, " this is quite serious if the panic to grab power come 2019 has now reached to direct threat to the Archbishop. This is obviously no democracy, if people can't talk".
-- The Leader