Christians from all denominations crowded Saint Paul’s Anglican Cathedral in Port Harcourt yesterday, for the thanksgiving and dedication Service in preparation for the Rivers State Golden Jubilee.
The Special Service which was administered by Archbishop of Anglican Niger Delta Province, Most Rev Ignatius Kattey, also attracted Muslim Faithful who joined their Christian brethren to pray for the State for the next 50 years of her existence.
The State Governor, Barr Nyesom Wike read the scriptural lesson for the service from Leviticus 25: 8-24, with Christian Leaders from across the state taking separate intercessory prayers for Rivers State.
Addressing the congregation, Governor Nyesom Wike called on the people of the state to work together for the rapid development of the state.
Governor Wike said that the people of the state have a lot to celebrate as previous administrations contributed to the development of Rivers State, pointing out that his administration is building on the achievements of the past.
He said: “Irrespective of our affiliations, we should come together. It does not matter the party that we belong, let us work together to move Rivers State forward.
“Of importance is that we should use this period of our Golden Jubilee as a time of reconciliation.”
He faulted former Rivers leaders who tell the media that there is nothing to celebrate after 50 years of the state’s creation.
According to him, the events that led to the creation of Rivers State and the ensuing benefits indicate that the people have a lot to celebrate.
He said: “I concluded that they were not quarrelling with the celebration of 50 years. They are just not comfortable that I am the one in-charge during the Golden Jubilee of Rivers State. There is nothing anyone can do about it and we give God the glory.”
The governor assured the people of the state that he will stand for them at times. He said he will never succumb to intimidation or blackmail in the service of the state.
Earlier, Most Rev Ignatius Kattey said God has placed Governor Wike at the helm of affairs as a divine arrangement to prosper the state.