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Hate is a strong word, I don’t hate Hope Uzodinma – Sandra Duru clears the air on recent media impasse


US based business woman and philanthropist, Dr Sandra C Duru during a telephone conversation with our correspondent, cleared the air over the recent media war between her and the Imo State Govenror, Senator Hope Uzodinma.

Sandra Duru insisted that she does not hate the Govenror, rather stated that she was against government policies that were anti-people oriented.

“The word hate is a very strong word to us,” she stated. “I’m a very religious and spiritual person. I cannot hate anybody. I may detest what you do butI do my best not to hate you. I don’t hate Gov Hope Uzodinma. I just don’t like some things he and his aides are doing.”

Sandra Duru had in ŕecent times, been engaged in a raging media war with the Imo State Governor. The media impasse, had started around the period Uzodinma arrested the PDP New Media Director, Mr Ambrose Nwaogwugwu. Sandra Duru had been at the forefront of the battle calling for his release, even sent money down to support the movement to release Nwaogwugwu.

“I don’t tolerate executive rascality,” Sandra Duru stated. “During the time of Dr Ikedi Ohakim, I criticized policies of his that I was not comfortable with. I did same during the time of Owelle Rochas Okorocha, even though I also had a rather personal axe to grind then with the former Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere. I also frowned at some policies of Hon Emeka Ihedioha, when he held sway briefly. People made the wrong impression that I fight every government. I don’t. I support the government when they need my support, but I will always be the first to frown at them when they fail to get things right.

“How can I, in good conscience support Hope Uzodinma when he is owing salaries and pensions?” Sandra Duru queried our correspondent. “How can I, in all honesty and sincerity clap for him when he tried to destroy the future of a promising young man? I’m not even talking about my personal issue with them, being my intellectual material which they stole from me, and which I would be taking legal actions over very soon. How can you support a government that would condone a plot to assassinate me for speaking out against them? They tried character assassination against me and it didn’t work. They used their media rats to attack my children, I still defeated them. They now started staging a physical attack. How can you support such a government?”

Sandra Duru had published screenshots of conversations she had with alleged assassins, who revealed plans to attack her. This was coming on the heels of some documents, Sandra Duru had published on her Facebook wall against Gov Hope Uzodinma.

With the release of Ambrose Nwaogwugwu, Dr Sandra C Duru had eased her attacks at the government. The governor’s media handlers, had also probably realized they were causing more harm to the government by attacking Sandra Duru, and have all since stopped their attacks.

“Gov Hope Uzodinma is not my friend,” Sandra Duru concluded. “He also not my enemy. I have no quarrel with him as long as he serves the people well. I will have problem with him, or any executive who tales the people of Imo State for granted.

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