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Uproar in Owerri over renaming of Maria Assumpta Avenue as Buhari Road

Uproar in Owerri over renaming of Maria Assumpta Avenue as Buhari Road

- Governor Rochas Okorocha has named Assumpta Avenue after President Buhari

- The residents of Owerri expressed dissatisfaction over the governor's decision

- They also complained that he changed the names of other major roads in the state

There is pandemonium in Owerri while Governor Rochas Okorocha renamed Assumpta Avenue after President Muhammadu Buhari.

It was learnt that the avenue was named after the magnificent Maria Assumpta Catholic Cathedral, Owerri, several decades ago until Governor Okorocha renamed.

One of the aggrieved residents of Owerri said most of the companies in the area bear Assumpta Avenue as their official address.

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According to him, ''It is this Avenue that Governor Rochas Okorocha has sadly changed to Muhammadu Buhari Road”.

Another resident known as Bro Ikay also complained that the governor changed the names of other major roads in Owerri.

Bro Ikay said: ''Wetheral Road is now Sam Mbakwe Road, while Okigwe Road has been renamed Nnamdi Azikiwe Road.’’

Continuing, Bro Ikay recalled that Okorocha had earlier renamed Douglas Road after 10-year old boy, Somtochukwu Ibeanusi, who was shot dead during the destruction of Ekeukwu Owerri market.

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Reacting also online, Agunwa Emeka Nzeribe, who claimed to be a chieftain of All Progressives Congress and a Catholic faithful from Oguta, said that the action of Okorocha in renaming the Assumpta Avenue is unacceptable, but quickly added that “we must treat it with caution”.

Nzeribe said: ''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.

''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.''

Meanwhile, had reported that Kaduna state Governor Nasir El-Rufai admitted that he and some other people he did not name can no longer be laughing with President Buhari as they were doing when they were in opposition.

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