Gov. Rochas Okorocha’s renaming of Assumpta Avenue in Owerri, the capital, after President Muhammadu Buhari, has been greeted by muted protest.
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The road was named after the magnificent Maria Assumpta Catholic Cathedral, Owerri several decades back but recently Okorocha renamed it Muhammadu Buhari Road.
The renaming, according to Vanguard, irked a high numbers of the state’s indigenes, who felt the governor ought to have built a new road and named after the president rather than an old road that people had long identified a church with.
Some residents spoken to by the paper’s correspondent believed Okorocha renamed the Road after Buhari in order to get the president to support his alleged plan to make his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu his successor.
“He is no longer loved by Imo people and he is playing to the gallery to ensure that he wins the favour of the Presidency to enable him install a preferred candidate as his successor. We should ask ourselves what made him stop the unveiling of the remaining statues moulded in New Owerri,” Agunwa Emeka Nzeribe, a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, APC, told the paper.
Recall that Gov. Okorocha renamed other major roads in Owerri. Former Wetheral Road is now Sam Mbakwe Road, Okigwe Road has been renamed Nnamdi Azikiwe Road while Douglas Road was renamed after the 10-year old boy, Somtochukwu Ibeanusi, who was shot dead, during the destruction of Ekeukwu Owerri market.