Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has declared that he is not in a hurry to die, but live to complete his assignment for people of the state.
He made this declaration early hours of today while reacting to rumours of his ill-health shortly after arriving Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri, from a foreign trip.
Addressing a large crowd that gathered at the airport to welcome him, Okorocha described the rumours of his health condition as false.
“I am not in a hurry to die; I will live to complete my assignment for Imo people.
“I went to the land of the dead and our ancestors turned me back saying it was not yet time”, he said.
The governor however, acknowledged that he had a challenge that took him far from the physical.
He told the crowd that he was healthy and strong, adding that those who wished him dead were enemies of the state.
The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Sam Onwuemedo said last week that Okorocha traveled outside the country to attract investors to Imo.
Shortly after the governor’s departure, it was widely rumoured that he was dead, while some reports in the social media claimed that the governor’s health condition had worsened.
Okorocha, who is chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum, is presently in Kaduna for the 4th Progressive Governance Lecture Series.