Group asks Enugu Governor, Chime, to apologise to residents

Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu

Group says governor should apologise for the lies told his aides told while he was on treatment abroad.

For allegedly trivializing his absence from Enugu State for about five months, the governor, Sullivan Chime has come under heavy criticism from the Save Enugu Group, SEG.

The group said the governor treated the people of the state with disdain and in an arrogant manner because he did not take advantage of any of the many fora available to him to genuinely apologise to them for the series of bold face lies his aides allegedly told while he was away on the trip.

Mr. Chime was away on a medical trip abroad for about five months during which SEG, comprising some elite in the state, sustained pressure on his aides to disclose the actual reason why he was away.

In a statement by its coordinator, Willy Ezugwu on Saturday, the group described the governor’s attitude as “appalling,” adding that he should have apologised to the citizens of the state when he had the opportunity to explain what ailed him.

“We will not rejoice over anyone’s misfortune or ill health and we thank God that Governor Sullivan Chime successfully underwent treatment while he was abroad,” the group said.

“However, the series of lies that Chime authorized his aides to tell are simply unacceptable.

“In a right thinking society he should have by now apologized for these lies particularly when he stayed outside the state and indeed Nigeria beyond the time frame he notified the Enugu State House of Assembly about and he himself owned up that beyond being on leave he underwent treatment for cancer,” it added.

The group said it is worried that the shoddy handling of Mr. Chime’s absence saga has created a precedence that could resonate negatively in any other state of in Nigeria that could end up having similar issues in the future.

This, according to the group, is because a letter the governor purportedly transmitted to the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Eugene Odo, before leaving the country, that made the deputy governor, Sunday Onyebuchi, to become acting governor, was never read on the floor of the house, contrary to the procedure.

The group added that because the letter was never read on the floor, the legislature did not take any step to formalize the return of governance to Mr. Chime upon his return to the state.

The group said it is “worried because rumours of the governors going AWOL again or being flown out of the country on health concerns are making the rounds prompting fears that Enugu may return to the kind of confusion that Chime’s absence unleashed on the state.”

It stated that the honourable thing for Mr. Chime to do is to apologize to the state for the series of lies, disinformation and misinformation that he caused his aides to dump on the people of the state after which stakeholders will now take him to task on his capacity to run the affairs of the state given the recent happenings around him.

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