I’ve improved security situation in Rivers, Wike declares
….warns churches to be wary of politicians
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, says he has improved the security situation in the last six years of his administration.
The governor said the recent recognition of Rivers State by the Nigeria Police Force as one of the safest states in the country is a testimony of his administration’s huge investment insecurity of life and property.
The governor made the declaration as he urged the Church to be wary of those who profess to be Christians but engage in a political smear campaign with the intent to deceive them and the public.
He spoke, yesterday, during the 60th birthday celebration of the founder of the Royal House of Grace Church, Apostle Zilly Aggrey, in Port Harcourt.
The governor, who was represented by the Chief of Staff, Emeka Woke, alleged that in spite of the smear campaign by the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Dakuku Peterside, and his cohorts against his governorship aspiration in 2015, he has improved critical infrastructure and economic fortune of the state.
Wike’s remarks were contained in a statement issued by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Mr. Kelvin Ebiri. The governor was quoted to have said that irrespective of the opposition’s efforts to undermine his reputation and credibility in 2015, he had consciously focused on the delivery of quality governance in Rivers State.
He lauded Aggrey and the Christian community in Rivers State for supporting his political aspiration and ignoring the smear political campaign by the opposition that he was a member of a secret society.
He said: “We are glad that the Christians stood up; we are glad that the Christians in this place did not go to sleep, that is why I thought it necessary to recall this incident because the hour has come again. And we are also proud to say as an administration that we have not failed the Christian community.
“As a government, we built a worship place for the Christian community for the first time in the history of Rivers State, the wonderful edifice call the Christian Ecumenical Centre, where Christians gather and call the name of God.”
“We have also, with the fear of God Almighty not taken your support and prayer for granted as we have delivered on critical infrastructure. Today, anybody who has lived in this city (Port Harcourt) in the last five years will agree with me that even our opponents agree that we have done well in terms of infrastructure.”