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Anambra State Governor, Charles Chukwuma Soludo has condemned the manhandling of Prophet Chukwuemeka Ohanaemere, popularly known as Odumeje by a member of the state’s task force that enforced the demolition of the clergy’s church in Onitsha.
Anambra State Governor, Charles Chukwuma Soludo has condemned the manhandling of Prophet Chukwuemeka Ohanaemere, popularly known as Odumeje by a member of the state’s taskforce that enforced the demolition of the clergy’s church in Onitsha.
Odumeje whose church was in April this year marked for demolition, in line with the Soludo administration’s Onitsha Urban Renewal Drive, was shoved and manhandled by security personnel who were part of the demolition team.
The cleric was pictured in a viral video being ruffled by security men while he attempted to interrupt the demolition of his church.
His attack elicited mixed reactions from members of the public with several commentators condemning it. Others were either indifferent or applauded it, likening the incident to his invasion and destruction of shrines considered sacred.
However, Soludo in his reaction, condemned the attack, describing the attitude of the security personnel as unprofessional.
He said: “Yesterday’s outing has evoked emotions, not against the decision of government, but the imperfect and unprofessional manner with which one of the task force members discharged his lawful duty.
“This is highly regretted, and would never happen again. I have instructed that the task force personnel involved in the manhandling of Prophet Chukwuemeka Ohanaemere (Odumeje) be treated in accordance with the rules of public conduct which he roundly failed to uphold.”
Appreciating the people of the state for their understanding, the governor noted that it “takes audacious steps towards making our Anambra a livable and prosperous homeland.”
Soludo added: “On this journey, imperfect steps will be taken, emotions will run wild and opinions will grow thick. What is pertinent to note is that we shall remain undaunted, correct our imperfections, strive to put our emotions in check and aggregate opinions that are in the interest of our overall good.
“We will continue to work to actualise the mandate you have given to us. Nothing short of the best outcomes is guaranteed. On behalf of the government and good people of Anambra State, I condemn the assault, and further ask for your continued support in the fight to restore the dignity of Onitsha, and indeed the totality of our Homeland.”
Meanwhile, in a post on his social media handle charged his congregation to remain focused. He noted that church activities will continue as usual.