Okorocha seeks repeal of abortion law


…Begs Christians for signing bill

From GEORGE ONYEJIUWA, OwerriImo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, yesterday succumbed to pressure by repealing the Abortion Law which was secretly passed by the House of Assembly last year.The governor, who signed the bill into law, apologised to the churches, directed the lawmakers to delete the offensive aspect of the law that goes against the wishes of the people, particularly the Christian’s faith.The governor, who summoned the House for an emergency sitting yesterday at Ikemba Odumegwu-Ojukwu Convention Centre, asked the churches for forgiveness for the misinterpretation of that aspect of the law.

He said that having adopted many hapless children more than anybody in the country and indeed, Africa, it would be wrong for him to assent to a law that would be injurious to the lives of children, both born and unborn. “That’s why I have appealed to the House to reconsider that aspect of the law which has gone against Christian faith. I care for children more than anyone else.”

The governor, however, said there was nothing obnoxious about the law, but he expressed fear that some people might retreat in future to commit more crimes, particularly the aspect that touches on incest and rape.

Governor Okorocha told reporters that he was neither intimated nor coerced into signing the bill into law, adding that if he had withdrawn his assent and the House insisted on passing it , they would have done so at the expiration of 90 days allowed by the constitution.

He said, however, that since the church had said it was totally against the law, “I have appealed to the House to repeal that aspect.”

The governor explained that when the bill was sent to him for assent, he was encouraged to sign the document, because he is against any form of violence against women and for “the love I have for children.”

Responding, the retired Anglican Bishop of Mbaise Diocese, Most Rev. Bright Ogu, described the governor’s action as a clear demonstration of his sensitivity to the feeling of the masses which governance was all about.

The House has, however, adjourned sitting to next Tuesday when it is expected to deliberate on the governor’s request to repeal the law.

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  1. Victory to all Christiandom at last. Victory to all visionary men and women in this country that added voices in one way or the other against the obnoxious law from idle Imo state house of Assembly . Your total condemnation to this unethical law has added impetus to repeal this senseless edict in the state of Imo.
    To you Mr Owerri , you have added another giant stride in public discuss to save humanity. Agu na eje mba 1 of Igboland in social media , nde wooooooooooooo!
    We are on ground to hear from that irresponsible Assembly to deflect the over bloated tube. Their grandmaster has separated himself from self crucifixion while waiting morons to do their own bidding in that idle parliament .
    Shame to the following group of individuals that wanted to plant immorality in our dear state of Imo. The shameless names are @ Evans of ewu Maidugiri and his illogical brain. Another brainless individual like him is one reckless nonentity with user name as Naijaman from Edo. I got to know more about this idiot from Punch media where he was hellbent in making childish argument with one intellectual .
    @ Unfortunate in-law Akins, even you Brutus! These are satanic men in human form that are being used to plant evil in my domain but we have chased them away with fasting and prayers.
    To their Governor, this man is a wise criminal . He knows the fastest means for any politician in the state to loose election comes from the waiting hands of Christiandom .

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  4. Okorocha should have been more circumspect before signing that bill into law. There was something clandestine about that law, otherwise why did the law makers pass it in “secret”? The church and all well meaning people who are opposed to this law should still be vigilant because Rochas is a sly fellow that cannot be trusted. If you ask me, I would say that the law should be repealed in it’s entirety and cast into the museum of failed innovations . We don’t want the deodorised version!

  5. This is how a good leader and civilized mind behave.it is good that Okoroacha have listened and obey his people.this
    really showed that he was voted by his people not those who ringed themselves in and do what the like.may the good lord continue to guide him.

  6. As former U.S President, George Bush Jr would say, whether we take our enemies to justice or justice to our enemies, justice is maintained. A good leader must listen and implement the wishes of the people he is leading. While we commend our people for standing out to speak against this evil law against our faith and belief, we must also commend the governor for listening to the wishes of the people, after-all IBB went ahead to take the IMF loan against the wishes of Nigerians.

  7. @owerri, people like you should not have been born if that law has been in place a long time ago. Waste of space.
    Tell them what they want to hear and do what is right.
    Okorocha man. This man @owerri was manufactured and bought for #230000 some years ago.
    Now see what we have in styne chickee, okon, Austin O whose mum is sick and armed robbers.
    No wonder some of you grow the way you do product of rape!! No motherly attention as your mothers were raped, so no love and no home training. Bastards galore!!!
    Leave that law well in place, it is right and just, we should not force women to have a baby they do not want.
    I wonder what women the carrier of unwanted foetuses has to say about it all.
    “If you are a woman and you are carrying a child you do not want, it is your body as the man is just a sperm donor, have an abortion.”
    All women should learn to LIVE and not just be in Existence.
    Does the fucking religion dominated by men know what it is to be pregnant and be pregnant for a man you do not want or love?
    Yeah have the babies, cannon fodder babies, infact display them on the open market or bring back slavery.
    Have them for making rituals and to boost the prostitution market.

  8. okorocha imo people have known your plans, you redress just to know if u can win another election, the catholic bishop came to u privately u refused, it is your refusal that pushed d bishop to attract media attention, why are u accepting d offer now? U have suddenly discover that d church determines who win election, as 4 an anglican bishop who rush to praise okorocha u are not representing d original anglicans, u would have wait to know d stand of the catholic bishop that start the campaign against d killing of d unborn children b4 praising okorocha, I want to state here that if okorocha fix all d roads, give scholarships, drill water bore holes, but sign d death warrant of one single innocent child all your works will be nothing b4 God, do u know how many innocent ones your signature have killed since that last year that you sign d death warrant of d innocents? This alone have shed light to whom you really are. Get ready to go come 2015 whether u like it or not, those innocent children u sign their death warrant will rise and campaign against u and your cohort.

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