Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has said that the people of the state have a lot to celebrate as the state mark its golden jubilee on May 27.
He pointed out that his administration is building on the achievements of the past, adding that previous administrations contributed to the development of Rivers State.
Governor Wike stated this at Saint Paul’s Anglican Cathedral in Port Harcourt during Thanksgiving and Dedication Service for the Rivers State Golden Jubilee.
The Special Service organized by Christians in the state also attracted Muslim Faithful who joined their Christian brethren to pray for Rivers State for the next 50 years of her existence.
Addressing the congregation, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike called on the people of the state to work together for the rapid development of the state.
Governor Wike, read the only lesson for the service from Leviticus 25: 8-24, with Christian Leaders from across the state taking separate intercessory for Rivers State.
He faulted former Rivers leaders who tell the media that there is nothing to celebrate after 50 years of the state’s creation .
According to him, the events that led to the creation of Rivers State and the ensuing benefits indicate that the people have a lot to celebrate.
He said: “Irrespective of our affiliations, we should come together. It does not matter the party that we belong, let us work together to move Rivers State forward.
“Of importance is that we should use this period of our Golden Jubilee as a time of reconciliation. “
He said: “I concluded that they were not quarrelling with the celebration of 50 years. They are just not comfortable that I am the one in charge during the Golden Jubilee of Rivers State. There is nothing anyone can do about it and we give God the glory. ”
The governor reiterated that Rivers is a Christian State. He stated that the people will ensure that the next 50 years witnesses more development.
He assured the people of the state that he will stand for them at times. He said he will never succumb to intimidation or blackmail in the service of the state.
Archbishop of Anglican Niger Delta Province, Most Rev Ignatius Kattey said God has placed Governor Wike at the helm of affairs as a divine arrangement to prosper the state.
He called for the reconciliation amongst all groups in the state to create the environment for Governor Wike to re-position the state.
There were special Gospel Music Ministrations by Don Solomon, the Port Harcourt Male Ensemble and the Saint Paul’s Anglican Cathedral Choir.
Prominent Rivers leaders attended the dedication service. They include: Former Rivers State Governor, Dr Peter Odili, First Rivers State Military Governor, Diete Spiff, Former Rivers State Deputy, Dr Gabriel Toby, Senator George Thompson Sekibo, Former Ministers, members of the National Assembly and officials of the Rivers State Government.