The governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, on Sunday said he is determined to set the state free from the grips of mischief makers.
Speaking at the Government House Chapel to mark the 42nd anniversary of the state, Okorocha said he was elected not just to rescue the state and her people, but also their mindset.
His words, “Today, I’m happy as I stand before you as governor. This is an honour I can never take for granted. Before my advent, I had nursed it in my mind to one day become the governor.
“After my first attempt in 1999, I decided the place was not for me. But on the other hand, I discovered that Imo State was in bondage and in the hands of a very few. That was the reason I decided to condescend from my presidential ambition to rescue this state.
“But my coming to rescue Imo was not just the people alone and the state of affairs, but the most important rescue was the mindset of the people.
“Hence, the team – Rescue Mission. It has been a battle not between me and the citizens, but a battle between me and those who kept the state in bondage.
“The beginning of changing the mindset of the people was the composition of the state anthem. For the first time, a people owned their state. A sense of direction was established and I most cherish this anthem when pupils recite it,” he said.