The governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodimma has alleged that 90 percent of the people behind the security breaches in the state profess Christianity as their religion.
He made the allegation in his Easter Message to the people of the state.
According to Governor Uzodimma, it is ironical that 90 percent of those who profess Jesus Christ as their Lord are both sponsors and actors of insecurity in Imo State and the South East.
He regretted that they have ignored God’s fifth law that forbids the killing of fellow human beings, bemoaning the height of hypocrisy associated with those who regard themselves as Christians.
“I am using the period of Easter which symbolizes peace, brotherliness, forgiveness, reconciliation, love and sacrifice to appeal to everyone to embrace peace for the sake of our children and their unborn children.”
Governor Uzodimma’s Easter message reads: “It is with a profound sense of joy and gratitude to Almighty God that I send my warm felicitations to all the good people of Imo State on this auspicious occasion of 2022 Easter celebration.
“Given the many challenges we passed through between last year’s Easter and now, we should all be joyful and grateful to the Lord who has protected us and given us the opportunity to see this year’s Easter celebration.
“To the glory of God, we all weathered the storm and are here to join billions of Christians across the globe to joyfully shout ‘Hallelujah, Christ is risen’.
“While we shout hallelujah and celebrate Easter, we must also reflect on the true meaning of Christ’s resurrection for Christians and for all of humanity.
“Often, we concentrate on the religiosity of the season without the necessary appreciation and deeper understanding of what Jesus Christ demonstrated by dying on the Cross. As we know, Jesus had the powers to refuse or reject death.
“Remember, Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and healed many sick people. Therefore, he had the powers to say no to death. Instead, he chose to die for our salvation – just to save us from our own sins. This is love beyond measure, and the Holy Bible records it as the greatest love of all time in John Chapter 3 vs. 16: ‘’for God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten son so that everyone one who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.’ This is sacrifice beyond understanding.
“The Easter, therefore, offers us the opportunity to rethink the essence of our humanity. As clearly defined by Jesus Christ, the essence of our humanity is to love God, to love one another and to be ready and willing to make sacrifices for the love of humanity. The Bible also reminds us that the best way to love God is to love humanity. This is because if we do not love our brothers and sisters whom we see every day, we definitely cannot love God whom we do not see.
“As we celebrate this year’s Easter we should ask ourselves these pertinent questions as Christians who profess the love of God: Do we truly follow the footsteps of Jesus Christ? Do we love our fellow human beings as Christ loved us or are we part of those spreading hate and violence against humanity? How much love have we shown to our state, Imo and our country, Nigeria?
“Can we give up our inordinate ambition for the sake of peace and stability of Imo State? Can we sacrifice our ego for the progress of Imo State and her people? Can we lay down our arms, not our lives, so that people can walk the streets freely in pursuit of their legitimate means of livelihood?
“It is truly ironic and disheartening that over ninety percent of both the actors and sponsors of insecurity in Imo State, and indeed all over Igboland, claim to be Christians.. Are these Christians the true followers of Christ? Do they even remember the 5th commandment which says; “Thou shalt not kill”? The answer should be obvious”.