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VIDEO: As long as people are happy with your works, ‘you can steal’, says Okorocha
Governor Rochas Okorocha (APC Imo state), justifying corruption in public office in Nigeria. Isn’t this the height of political rascality? I just can’t fathom this!!! pic.twitter.com/QQ661884fX
— Olaudah Equiano® (@Uruokpala) May 30, 2018
ROCHAS Okorocha, Governor of Imo State, says the issue of stealing while in government becomes an issue only when one has not met the expectations of the people.
“I am for target,” Okorocha said during an interview with Channels Television, clips of which have gone viral on the social media.
“If I give you a target and you perform it, that is good enough. But if you keep searching for some level of corruption that is where it looks like it’s vindictive.
“Because there’s no man on earth, in Nigeria, from A to Z, who will say he lives (only) from the money you pay him monthly.
“The salaries of governors are N750,000 monthly, so if you don’t have a second office and you don’t have something (else) to do, you must steal.
“Excuse me, every political office holder who doesn’t have a second office must steal.
“So but if you give target, excuse me, you then perform your work, and people see the way you have done it and it’s correct, they are fine.
“In Imo State, if you come to Imo State now, people are happy with the performance. They are happy. Their children are going to school without school fees, they are happy.”
The video clip was shared on twitter by @Uruokpala.
See how other tweeter users reacted to Okorocha’s comments:
Another confused Governor of the APC… one of among the many others we must probe immediately he leaves office.
— Wisdom Chapp-Jumbo (@Mr_Wizzo) May 30, 2018
Confirmed thief making self confessional statements
— Aldavison Alexis (@AldavisonA) May 30, 2018
It is not right to say all Nigerians can’t live within their salary; that is abject nonsense from a man I respect so much. Is he saying their is no single “clean” Nigerian?
— Solomon Cole (@adedamolacole) May 30, 2018
He’s telling no lies here. Improve people’s quality of life. Man must chop but within reason. Better to chop 20% of budget and execute with 80% than eat whole 100% with nothing to show
— Tayo Kayode (@unicorndam) May 30, 2018
He has a valid point, all he now needs to do is point out his colleagues and how they go about stealing. Once @officialEFCC does the needful, he can argue how reaching his targets justifies the stealing to the judge
— U. Yusuf (@uthmanyusuf) May 30, 2018
Kai, listening to okorocha saying this trash really saddened me. What kind of political elites do we have in this country. His point of defending stealing public fund is way out of line. He should be ashamed of himself. A billionaire b4 entering politics talking like dis is bad
— Shuues (@mo_shuues) May 30, 2018