Rivers State governor, Siminalayi Fubara, and the immediate-past governor of the state, Nyesom Wike, have met face to face for the second time since last week’s political crisis in the State even as the governor has declared that his predecessor and now minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Wike remains his principal despite the recent tension in the state.
This is as he urged the people of the state to put behind them the discomfort created by the political tension experienced days ago and join efforts with his administration in its determined effort at ensuring continuous peace and development in the state.
Governor Fubara spoke on Thursday at the opening of 2023/2024 legal year rededication church service held at St. Cyprian’s Anglican Church, Hospital Road, Port Harcourt, which was attended by former Governor Wike.
The governor said he would continue to see Wike as his principal and leader, regardless of whatsoever that has happened in the last few days, saying that he couldn’t have recruited anyone to malign any person.
He stated that it was important for Rivers people to also embrace the peace so that the planned development for the State can be achieved.
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Fubara said: “We have a mission to give you development. We also know that the devil will always come in, one way or the other, but the important thing is for us to identify it and push the devil out of our road so that we can continue.
“So, I want to thank you for your support and also say that we need peace. Everybody should just relax, and realise that we need peace for us to progress in the State, which is only possible in the atmosphere of tranquility.”
He commended Rivers people for their support and pray that they continue to give their unalloyed support to his government to succeed.
In his sermon, the Bishop of Niger Delta Diocese (Anglican Communion), Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Oko-Jaja, said the spirit of fear needs to be overcome by firm trust in God.
Oko-Jaja, whose sermon was titled: “Fear Not”, urged judicial officers to uphold the truth fearlessly in the discharge of their duties.