Imo Politics: Prof. Onwuliri Denies Sponsoring Widows’ Protest

Channels Television  
Updated February 19, 2015
Prof. Viola Onwuliri
Prof. Viola Onwuliri

The Minister of State for Education, Prof. Viola Onwuliri has debunked allegations by the Imo State government that she sponsored and mobilised widows from within and outside state to protest at the government house against Governor Rochas Okorocha.

Prof. Onwuliri on arrival from Abuja, said in an interview at the Sam Mbakwe airport in Owerri, the Imo State capital, that the widows were only on a peaceful protest to exercise their rights and air their grievances as citizens who do not like the manner in which the government handles issues affecting them.

She said the action by the State government was totally unacceptable, describing it as an attempt to intimidate poor widows who were neither members of PDP or APC, adding that the State government should desist from peddling unfounded rumours and stop pointing accusing fingers.

It could be recalled that last week, the state was thrown into pandemonium following a clash between some purported members of the PDP and APC when some widows were on a protest to the Imo State government house, to condemn the alleged and unwarranted media attacks by the State government on the person of their matron, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, the Minister of State for Education.

Eyewitness said that the clash occurred early in the morning, when some aggrieved widows, all dressed in black attires from different Local Government Areas of the state, alleged to be supporters of PDP stalwart and the Minister of State for Education, Professor Viola Onwuliri, marched towards the government house with coffin.

However supporters of Governor Rochas Okorocha, who were not pleased with the whole scenario attempted to prevent the widows’ entrance into the government house, which eventually led into a free for all.

However, while speaking to Channels Television, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations in Imo State, Mohammad Kura, expressed disappointment over the incident which he said is capable of destabilizing the existing peace in the state.

He said hence, any protest or rally by any political party or group should get the permission of the police. he warned all politicians to play by the rules in this delicate period.