By Simeon Nwakaudu
The wife of the Rivers State Governor, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike on Tuesday morning hosted Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike to a profound birthday celebration.
The birthday celebration, held at the governor’s official residence, was attended by friends and associates of the governor from all the three senatorial districts of the state.
The modest birthday celebration was marked by prayers, Christian songs of praise and tributes to a leader, who has invested his God-given resources and talents in the development of the state.
It was a unique birthday celebration in every respect. It was a wonderful celebration for Nigeria’s best performing governor in an atmosphere of love and friendship. It was a wife’s gift to a loving husband.
The introductory aspect of the birthday celebration was significant. The select guests seated in the hall repeatedly heard the sound of the Shofar, a musical instrument. The sound got louder and behold, it was the First Lady of Rivers State, Honourable Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike, blaring the shofar.
A shofar is a simple musical instrument made from a ram’s horn. It is blared as a memorial of glory. Indeed, the celebration of Governor Wike is the evolving story of glory of the people of Rivers State.
Speaking at the special birthday celebration, the Rivers First Lady said that Governor Wike was a light that God has used to shine on the path of the people of the state.
She prayed God to continue to bless Governor Wike, grant him the best of health and make him live a very long and productive life.
She said: “Everything he has passed through in life has strengthened him and made him a better person. It is God that gives him the strength to serve humanity with love and courage.
“I know that we shall grow old together. He will continue to succeed in everything he does.”
Speaking further, Justice Nyesom-Wike decreed prophetically: “Your (Governor Wike ) name will be popular far beyond the shores of Nigeria. Your popularity will be a worldwide affair. Anywhere you go, they will talk about Nyesom, such that knowing Nyesom will be a diplomatic passport.”
She described Governor Wike as a loving husband, caring father and a role model to his children and youths. She added that the governor was a selfless leader, who is focused towards achieving goals that will promote welfare of the people.
Head of Service, Rivers State, Mr. Rufus Godwins, said that Governor Wike was a leader, who leads by example, adding that the governor is a leader who leads from the front to give the people the required direction.
Godwins said: “What happened on Monday was the show of courage by our governor. He is not a retired army officer or a retired police officer, yet he led his people from the front.”
He noted that the victory of the PDP during the rerun elections was the best birthday gift for Governor Wike from the good people of Rivers State.
For Governor Wike, the birthday celebration offered him the opportunity to rededicate himself to the selfless service of Rivers State and humanity.
He said he would continue to lead Rivers State to greater heights through the implementation of quality programmes and projects.
Wike expressed gratitude to his wife, children, associates and good people of Rivers State for their support , love and prayers.