• Pray for peace in Rivers –Gov
From Chris Anucha, Port Harcourt
Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, has commended Governor Nyesom Wike on his efforts at transforming Rivers State despite the current economic recession in the country.
Governor Yari made the commendation at the Government House, Port Harcourt, shortly after a closed-door meeting with Wike.
Yari, who said he and others visited Wike in his capacity as governor and to discuss issues concerning the NGF, also described the visit as ‘brotherly.’
According to Yari, who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC): “We came here for friendship and private discussions, concerning the Nigerian Governors’ Forum. He is a member and we visit our members. When he has the opportunity, Governor Wike will visit Kebbi and Zamfara states. This is a brotherly visit.
“He took us round to see development projects and the way he is changing the face of the Government House. Despite the fact that we are having a serious economic crisis on our hands, which we are trying to manage, he has managed to come up with some programmes for the betterment of Rivers people. This is commendable.”
Meanwile, Wike said enemies of the state who are stoking violence in areas where the rerun elections would hold would be disappointed.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed December 10 for the national and state Assemblies rerun elections.
“I have to come to formally report to God that the enemies of the state are back. The way they were humiliated in 2015 and March 19, 2016 is the way they would be humiliated on December 10, 2016. Pray for peace in the forthcoming rerun elections in the state,” Wike said, during the 2016 Super Sunday Service of the Christ Apostolic Church at Emohua, yesterday.
The governor said the resources of the state would always be used for the good of Rivers people.
“Never again will Rivers resources be used to sponsor national politics. We will not take our money to play national politics.
“Rivers is a Christian state and we owe nobody an apology for that. I want to reiterate our commitment to setting up a special intervention fund for churches to take care of their members who are in need,” he said.
Governor Wike later led his guests to inspect the ‘restoration and extension’ of the Government House (Brick House Complex), the Government House Chapel and security vans, to be donated to the security agencies.
The Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum was accompanied on the visit by, the Kebbi State governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and Senator Andy Uba.