Confirming the restoration of the street name, the Commissioner for Information, Professor Nnamdi Obiaraeri, said it was never government’s intention to rename the road, which spans from Assumpta Cathedral and terminates at Warehouse Roundabout. “Assumpta Avenue is symbolic for both religious and historic reasons in Imo State, and these facts are not lost on the government and people of Imo State.
All inconveniences occasioned by the initial oversight or error of wrongly installing a street sign, suggesting a renaming of the street is highly regretted,” Obiaraeri said. In his own reaction, the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, His Grace, Dr. Anthony J. V. Obinna, said there was no need to celebrate the restoration of the street name by Governor Rochas Okorocha.
“Catholics were already putting heads together to face the unwarranted and most uncharitable frontal attack on the Church, when he retraced his locus. His misdeed had already reached the ends of the earth before he did the needful,” Archbishop Obinna said. The cleric wondered why Okorocha wanted to destroy everything that predated his administration, including Assumpta Avenue. Similarly, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo yesterday denied that there was ever a time the governor replaced Assumpta Avenue Road with President Muhammadu Buhari’s name.