Anglican Archbishop lauds Governor Wike for standing up for Nigerians

Anglican  Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Michael  Fape has lauded Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for standing up for Nigerians by resisting injustice and political wickedness.

The cleric also praised Governor Wike for working for the development of Rivers State through the execution of pro-people projects.

He spoke during the  5th Synod  Thanksgiving Service of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) Diocese of Ogoni at St John's Anglican Church, Kpor, Gokana on Sunday.

He said: "We want to thank Governor Wike for being  an active and right thinking politician who puts the interest of his people above his personal interest.  I am not saying that he is an angel, but when it comes to  resisting wickedness, resisting deceit, resisting injustice, I thank without Wike in this country today.

 "We would have been in trouble. Help us thank him for what he has done,and of course he will still do better. They Call him Mr Projects. So my brothers,  thank His Excellency when you get back to him,God will bless him".

He said that the activities of Governor Wike has ensured the survival of opposition in Nigeria, hence he should be encouraged to do more.

He said: "I know I will see things and I will say them they way they are because at the stage we are now by the grace of God nobody can make us anything other than the way God has made us . And so what am saying is without any bias, it is without any sentiment, I want to thank Governor Wike of Rivers state".

Responding, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike called on the Church  to envision correctly the political scenario that would benefit the people in 2019.

He said that leaders should emerge on the basis of their performance and to the extent that they kept their promises to the people regarding the 2015 elections.

Represented by his Chief of Staff, Engr Chukwuemeka Woke, Governor Wike said that his administration has in the last three years transformed Ogoniland through the Sakpenwa-Bori Road, Kpopie-Bodo Road, Birabi Memorial Grammar School, Bori, General Hospital, Bodo City , Zonal Hospital, Bori, Ogoni-Andoni-Opobo-Nkoro Unity Road and srveral basic schools reconstruction.

He said: "I want to add that if the church sees correctly the Church will play  a major role in electing our leaders, . My lord Bishop let me add as we approach the next election, the Church should please see correctly for the right leaders to be elected".

The governor said that Rivers State is one of the safest states in the country because of the investments of the State Government in building security infrastructure.  He noted that the prayer of the church has been helpful.

He said : "The singular reason that you haven't been harassed is a testimony that Rivers state is safe and that Rivers state is secure. I said we won't have been able to achieve this if not for the prayers of the church.

" The church prayed for the safety and security of this state and the nation.The government complemented the efforts of the church by providing an enabling environment. As a government   we developed an amnesty programme to disarm our youth and  that made our communities safe. As a government have provided several infrastructures including armoured tankers,patrol vans and all of that to support the armed forces".