Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has denied membership of any secret cult and challenged anyone with information on the issue to make it public.
Wike gave the challenge yesterday at the Headquarters of the Salvation Ministries, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, during a thanksgiving service at the church.
The governor described former President Goodluck Jonathan as a good man, saying that, “the peace everyone enjoys now in Nigeria is because of his love for the country.
“But for the way and manner the then President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan accepted defeat, and went ahead to congratulate the President Muhammadu Buhari, even before the conclusion of the announcement of results, we would have experienced post-election violence. The former President’s patriotic action entrenched peace and redefined democracy in our nation and Africa at large. God used him to determine that Nigeria will not collapse,” he said.
The governor told the congregation that he went with his entourage to Jonathan’s hometown Otuoke, Bayelsa State, to receive and thank him for a job well done. “I will always identify with him. He is a good man,” he said.
Expressing his gratitude to God, Governor Wike said that, but for God, he would not have made it and promised to remain focused and committed to God.
He said a few days to the governorship election, former Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi boasted that he had the police and other security operatives in his hands, and as the governor, he had all the funds to prosecute the election, but God proved his faithfulness to Rivers people.
Denying his non-membership of any secret cult, he challenged anybody to come and identify him on the contrary, pledging to deliver his promises to the suffering masses of the state.
“We are from Rivers State, and we are for Rivers people. We will work with both the politicians and technocrats to take our dear state to the next level. We will swear in the Chief Judge and President of Customary Court of Appeal and inaugurate the legislature tomorrow (today).”
In his speech, the General Overseer of Salvation Ministries, Pastor David Ibiyeomie, commended the governor for coming to church to thank God, who gave him victory at the poll, despite all odds. He urged him to bring in only those who had the capacity to perform and not attempt to please everybody.
“Beware of over-commendation for it leads to condemnation. Resist it,” he charged Wike.
Referring to the Gospel of St. John 15:15, he warned: “To have a responsible government is the responsibility of all. Everybody must have a responsibility. To achieve a desired change, there must be a corresponding responsibility by all.”
He also noted that statesmen and not wealth make impact in the society, like the late Nelson Mandela of South Africa.
Present at the occasion were the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu; Rivers State Deputy Governor, Mrs Ipalibo Harry Banigo; Senator George Thompson Sekibo and other Senators elect. The Acting National Chairman of People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, former governor of the state, Sir Celestine Omehia, former Deputy Governor Tele Ikuru and the PDP state chairman Felix Obuah were also present.

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