Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State swore in 13 new commissioners on Thursday and forced all them to be dressed in white for the ceremony.
We are yet to establish the reasons for the erratic governor’s decision, but he reportedly asked the new appointees to build on “successes” of the last four years.
The people of Imo State must have let out a collective groan on hearing this, especially public sector employees on the state’s payroll, some of whom have been owed arrears of salary for up to eight months. Workers protested across the capital Owerri last week over the non-payment.
Thousands of pensioners have not been paid for up to a year, while the governor has been accused of looting the state’s wealth and also looting funds borrowed for questionable development projects.
Okorocha, who is said to avoid the Assumpta Cathedral in Owerri because his misrule is regularly criticised in sermons by Archbishop Anthony Obinna, should be aware that the whiteness of the outfits of his cabinet can’t mask the iniquities of his administration. Like Christ said in Matthew 23:25: “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.”