The Imo State Commissioner for Education, Professor Viola Adaku Onwuliri has alerted that some disgruntled elements in the state have hatched plans to tarnish her image through various newspaper publications.
In a statement by Mr Peter Osamgbi, the Media Adviser to the Commissioner for Education, Onwuliri said that her attention has been drawn to a clandestine plot by some disgruntled elements to tarnish her image through a mischievous and sponsored newspaper publication.
“The grounds on which these agents of darkness have embarked on this ungodly quest is sadly anchored on the fact that the Rebuild Imo Government led by our hardworking Governor, Emeka Ihedioha dislodged them from power and liberated the people from bondage and eight years of misrule.
“As a result, they have resorted to blackmail and propaganda warfare in order to distract the people’s government, howbeit, in futility.
“From all indications, their modus operandi now is to attack key figures of the Rebuild Imo Government, such as Professor Viola Adaku Onwuliri, by making false publications to deceive unsuspecting Imolites, just to score cheap political points.
“However, Professor Onwuliri believes in the maxim; “a clear conscience fears no accusation”. Therefore, she is not perturbed by the evil machinations of these anti-democratic forces whose sole aim is to drag Imolites back to Egypt,” the statement emphasised.
Osamgbi stressed that Prof. Onwuliri is a Noble Lady of the Roman Catholic Church, an erudite scholar, an internationally renowned Education Czar, who had served her country with fervour and aplomb as a two-time former Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and now serving her beloved state as Commissioner for Education. Unarguably, she has spent much of her career in developing the state and the nation at large, he said.
“Her record in public and humanitarian services is impeccable and known to all and sundry. It is also noteworthy that she has never been associated with or indicted for graft, at all. As a result, any attempt to drag her name to the mud by spreading falsehood shall be met with appropriate legal actions.
“At this juncture, we call upon the leadership of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), to take necessary steps to arrest the unprofessional conduct of some of their erring members.
“Who have made blackmail and propaganda, their stock-in-trade. However, Imolites are enjoined to remain peaceful and law-abiding in the face of unwarranted provocations by agents of darkness. All hands must be on deck as the quest to rebuild Imo is a mission we must accomplish,” Osamgbi stressed.