Unprecedented crowd took over the major streets of Owerri on Tuesday July 4, 2017 (today) for the 3 Million-Man-March Solidarity Rally organized by Imo people from various interest groups for President Mohammadu Buhari and Governor Rochas Okorocha for what they called good governance, fight against corruption, exemplary leadership and amazing achievements.
The Pro-government 3Million-Man-March Solidarity rally literarily shot down Owerri, the State Capital and inspite of the hold-ups caused by the large crowd, nobody complained, rather, motorists were shouting from their cars in support, while traders were giving them groundnuts, banana, gala and other items.
He also pointed out that they wanted to appreciate the President and the governor for their people-oriented leadership and to assure them that Imo people are solidly behind them thanking the President and the governor for the amnesty programme. They prayed for the quick recovery of President Buhari.
His words “If you can recall your excellency, few months ago, when ordinarily a governor would have given directives to slaughter and kill the militants and agitators in the Niger-Delta region of the State, you in your normal wisdom decided to grant people from Ohaji/Egbema & Oguta amnesty and saved them from total annihilation. We have also come to say thank you”.
Addressing the crowd in excitement, Governor Okorocha said “Today you have shown me that I am really the Senior advocate of the masses and the Civilian general of the people. Thousands & thousands of people coming all over the State to show solidarity at your own time and cost and to shame our detractors who could not bring out one person for their one million-man-march against me, I shall never fail you people”.
For him “There is peace in the Niger Delta. These young men seated, maybe most would have been killed by the police or army if I did not intervene with the amnesty program. Today we have peace in Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta. Today we have broken the jinx that poor people can never be millionaires. We have taken 305 youths here and made them millionaires. With this jinx broken all of you have the capacity to become millionaires in the future”.
The groups and Associations that participated in the Mother-of-all Rallies in Imo include, Imo Progress Movement (IPM), Imo State Council of Youths (ISCY), Youths Assembly of Nigeria (YAN), Nigeria Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTN), Imo State Almagamated Traders Association (ISAMATA), National Union of Imo State Students (NUISS), Niger Delta Youths (NDY), Imo Pilots (IP), Niger Delta Rescue Youth Movement (NDRYM), Women for Good Governance (WGG) Youth For Defence of Democracy, Niger Delta Volunteer Corps, ISOPADEC Youths, Timbers Drivers Association, Student Union Governments etc.