Francis Arthur Nzeribe: 'I Am Hale And Hearty, Not Dead'
A local newspaper, The Sun had in its Tuesday edition published a report titled: “Anxiety over Nzeribe’s health.”
However, Nzeribe in an email statement to THEWILL said; “My attention has been drawn to a publication in The Sun newspaper of Tuesday, May 10, 2011, page 7, as captioned above, where the Sun acted true to type in wishing me dead even though God almighty has not decreed so.
“I am hale and hearty, not dead. I pray God to give the entire staff of Sun newspaper, which is hell-bent in seeing me dead despite God’s intension to the contrary, long life and good health. It is my wish also that God will make it possible for you people to attend my 90th birthday on earth.
“While it is not my style to question Sun newspaper’s idea of investigative journalism, I must hasten to add that this recurring rumor of my death in the same medium is politically motivated. The manner of presentation of this latest report on my health speaks volumes of the level of mischief of the writer.
“The coincidence of my death rumor and the unguarded statement made by Mr. Mike Igini, the Resident Electoral Commissioner [REC] of Cross-River State, in Sun Rise programme in Channel Television, this morning, 10th May 2011. where he cast aspersions on the people of Oguta- that
“Oguta people have never voted before, that the tradition there is for Nzeribe to writes result anytime there is election there”, in justification of a deliberate effort by anti-democratic forces to disenfranchise and cut off the desire of the people to select who should rule them as others in Imo State; is rather alarming and disturbing.
“It is my sincere hope that the Sun newspaper is not in league with anti-democratic forces in Imo State in their desperate task of giving the Nzeribes political bad name in order to hang them?
“Long live Arthur Nzeribe and the Nzeribes
Long live Oguta LGA
Long live Imo State
Long live Nigeria.”