Residents of Imo State have refused to accept the renaming of roads in the state capital by Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha.
Uneasy calm has enveloped Owerri, following the renaming of Maria Assumpta Avenue to Muhammadu Buhari Road by Governor Rochas Okorocha.
Some of the major roads renamed were Assumpta road to Buhari road, Wethderal road to Sam Mbakwe road, and Okigwe road to Nnamdi Azikiwe road.
The Road which was named after the magnificent Maria Assumpta Catholic Cathedral, Owerri, several decades ago, had remained so until it was renamed by Okorocha few weeks ago. The road with Zip Code 460211, stretches from the old Library Roundabout, Okigwe/Wetheral Roads, to Assumpta Cathedral, Control Post.
However, commuters hardly mention the roads by the new name given to it by the government since Governor Okorocha renamed the road in total dissatisfaction of the people to the way Imo State is been governed.
While some residents are of the view that with time the residents would get acclimatized to the recent changes, others think that with current events in the country amidst the hardship occasioned by the fuel scarcity, that they would not obey the government renaming the road to Buhari.
However, some Catholic faithfuls said that the Assumpta Cathedral Catholic Church has some level of sentimental values to them being historic and cannot be wiped out by Okorocha’s administration.
Some even accused the government of trying to erase history which the state has been known for and largely used as an address and a form of given direction.
From responses across social media, its clear most people are angry with the administration of Governor Rochas Okorocha and can’t wait to offload him out of the state by 2019 as stated below by an online commenter.
“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 molded in New Owerri,” Nzeribe said.
“As his days are numbered, I implore all Imolites to tarry awhile in order not to jeopardize chances of desired change Imo people are yearning for in 2019”, Agunwa Emeka Nzeribe reacted online