ABUJA – A coalition of Northern Youths and Elders under the aegis of Northern Youths and Elders Forum has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to guarantee the safety and protection of Owelle Rochas Okorocha, Senator representing Imo West senatorial district in the building up to the 2023 general elections.
The group who addressed a press conference Thursday in Abuja said recent development in Imo between agents of incumbent governor Hope Uzodinma and his predecessor, Rochas Okorocha suggests that the life of the former Imo State governor is no longer safe.
The group also demanded a multi party zoning arrangement of the presidential position to the south, and especially the southeast, in the interest of equity and national integration, insisting that anything otherwise will seriously put question mark to the nation’s unity.
Salisu Idris who spoke on behalf of the coalition drawn from all 19 States of the north, decried the victimization and attack on Okorocha who the group described as one of the most qualified Nigerians to succeed President Buhari.
The group said the attack on Senator Rochas Okorocha was an attack on the youth and elders of the north who have benefited from his philanthropy and education support program. .
“The use of political thugs to harassed and intimidate the former Governor by Senator Hope Uzodimma led into Government is barbaric and post a great danger on the country’s democracy and call on President Muhammadu Buhari and the security agencies to protect the lives of the former Governor as this post a great treat and danger to his live considering the political happenings in Imo State.
“As a passionate young amn Nigerian and leader of one of the viable young institutions in Nigeria, we cannot watch while the Nigeria leaders who restored hope for the common man are been witch hunt by their political opponents using fight against corruption as a template.
“But using thugs to attack a serving Senator and former Governor of the State is a serious threat and post a danger to our institutions and democracy as a whole.
“Today Mr Rochas as a passionate young Nigerian and a good leader who single-handedly came to the northern part of this country been a devoted Christian and build 12 schools in the north of which today, as we all know mostly all the students, are Muslim children enjoying free education by Mr Rochas Okoroacha I don’t think there is any person that shows great concern to the fewer privilege children in this country like Rochas who has the good ambitions to bring together all Nigerian in respect of all religion and tribes even before he became a Governor.
“Today Mr. Rochas has left a good legacy in the heart of thousands of children and their parent that would never be forgotten, and we pray that God will continue to bless him and protect him.
Sen. Rochas Okoroacha is one good material if not the best we have for 2023 after President Muhammadu Buhari and all this harassment and intimidation is because of the next election of which they believe should he vie for the Presidency the he remains a treat to them.
“Nigerians especially the common man will resist all sort of intimidation aim at truncating Sen. Roachas Okoroachas Presidential ambition because of their strong belief in his capacity to change their fortunes beyond the lines of tribe and religion.”