Rochas Okorocha Reveals Cause Of #EndSARS Protest, Boko Haram
Rochas Okorocha, a lawmaker from the Imo-West senatorial district, has claimed that the #EndSARS protests in Nigeria over police violence, the Boko Haram insurgency, and other security problems are caused by poverty and injustice.
The Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes awarded the former governor of Imo State the title of “Most Outstanding Friend of Ibadanland” on Saturday (CCII).
The award was given to Okorocha by the Olubadan of Ibadan, Saliu Adetunji, in recognition of his contribution to the education of indigent children in Ibadan, Oyo state, through his free education policy and the establishment of tuition-free schools.
While speaking at the case, Okorocha said that orphans and disadvantaged children in Nigeria do not have access to quality education.
According to the former Governor, he founded free schools to provide them with the opportunity to become productive members of society.
“I am making frantic efforts with all my family members. Still, the evil of injustice and poverty is still ravaging our nation.”
“It is this injustice and poverty that many have called Boko Haram, insurgency, herdsmen crisis, kidnapping and EndSARS protests.”
“The truth is that the problem of Nigeria is poverty and injustice. If these children gathered here, including those who have passed out to become doctors and lawyers, were not given this opportunity, most of them would become Boko Haram members.”
He commended the monarch and Ibadan indigenes for honouring him with the award.
“I am sure this award came to me because you have considered my little contribution of saving the lives of these poor Nigerians,” Okorocha said.
“This award will go a long way to bring about unity in the federal republic of Nigeria. In our checkered history, it is not common to see an Igbo man being honoured in Yorubaland.
“It is also not possible to see a Hausa or Fulani man honoured in Yorubaland or vice versa. What we are doing now is building a bridge of peace and unity.”
In other news, the South-East Governors formed a regional security organization on Sunday to address regional security concerns.
The governors declared the formation of EBUBE AGU, which will have its headquarters in Enugu State, at a meeting held in Owerri, the capital of Imo State.