Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has commended his Abia counterpart for reinstating sacked Imo indigenes working in Abia.
The commendation is contained in a statement signed by the senior special assistant to Okorocha, Mr Sam Onwuemedo, on Thursday in Owerri.
“The government of Imo State has received with delight the report that the Governor of Abia State, Chief Theodore Orji, has in his wisdom, reinstated non-indigenes in the state who were sacked from the state’s civil service some time ago.
“The Imo governor and indeed, the government of the state wish to sincerely commend the Abia governor for appreciating the concern of most Nigerians, especially the Igbos over the sacking of non-indigenes from the state’s civil service.”
The statement noted that those who spoke against the action did not do so out of malice or hatred but out of the concern that such action would give others the wrong impression about the unity of Ndi Igbo and their ability to love themselves.
“It is a good thing that the governor of Abia state has realised the implications of that action, both in the short run and in the long run and acted in the spirit of conviviality by recalling them.”
The statement explained that the comment of Okorocha then on the incident was never meant to discredit the Abia governor.
It said that it was also important to appeal to the Abia governor to complete the good work he began by reinstating the remaining ones.
“He has acted well by reinstating 2,700 out of a total of 4000 but his action will be speaking louder to the glory of God if he reinstates all the remaining ones.
“By so doing, he has taken a prominent position as a considerate governor, who also listens and accepts superior arguments.”