|Agbaso; Impeached Imo State Dep. Gov.|
Report By Nnawuihe Iwuala
An Anglican cleric, the Venerable Ferdinand Mbalisi has said that it was the prayers of Christians all over the world that vindicated the impeached former Deputy Governor of Imo State, Sir Jude Agbaso of allegedly collecting =N=458 million bribe from an Imo State Contractor.
The cleric said this during the baptism and dedication service of the daughter of the former Chief Press Secretary to the Imo State Deputy Governor, little Miss Ihuoma Emperor-Iwuala at the Emmanuel (Anglican) Church Ihitaoha Urrata in the Owerri North L.G.A. of Imo State.
Venerable Mbalisi who is the vicar of the church, remarked that because of the level of corruption among leaders in Nigeria, it was a big concern to the church when Sir Agbaso was accused of collecting =N=458 million bribe from a government contractor early last year which subsequently led to his impeachment.
‘When we first heard that you (Jude Agbaso) collected bribe from a government contractor, we asked questions from people who are close to you. They told us that you were not the type that could do such a thing. We were worried. We prayed for the truth to come to lime light. We are happy today that God answered our prayers. It was God that cleared you of the scam not EFCC’.
However, the cleric said that the whole episode happened for a divine purpose which he said, might be a way God wanted to keep Sir Agbaso away from an unforeseen damnation and prayed God to elevate the Emekuku-born business magnate to a greater height.
Speaking earlier at the occasion, Sir Agbaso who read the second bible reading at the church service noted that the bible study during the service titled the ‘Importance of Leadership’ was very apt to his case. He however remarked that his case was one of the very rare recorded cases where a Nigerian leader was given a clean slate by an anti-graft commission and thanked God for absolving him of the scandal.
In a press interview at the end of the occasion, the former Chief Press Secretary to the Imo State Deputy Governor, Barr. Emperor Iwuala thanked God for the gift of another baby and the success of the occasion. He however remarked that his earlier campaign that Sir Agbaso was framed up and maliciously impeached by the Imo state Government had also vindicated him.