By Ken Meju Governor Nyesom Wike, wife Barrister Eberechi Suzzette Wike and his entourage at Salvation Ministries Giving thanks is a mark of
By Ken Meju
Giving thanks is a mark of appreciation. “When you are not grateful to God for what he has done for you, then you are a great fool”. That was the admonishment from Pastor David Ibiyeomie as the founder and members of Salvation Ministries Worldwide celebrated the 22nd anniversary of the church.
The celebration was coloured with emotion as the just re-elected governor of Rivers State, Chief Ezenwon Nyesom Wike also came to the church’s headquarters in GRA, Port Harcourt to thank God for his electoral victory. Governor Wike came with his wife and children along with his supporters who swelled the crowd at the alter.
He was earlier spotted on the front row during the 5th service with his wife, the PDP national chairman, Prince Utche Secondus before he was invited to the podium for an address.
There was a clapping ovation and exhilaration as the victorious governor took up to the microphone. He said God fought a battle for Rivers people to win.
“I am here first to thank God with my wife and children for what he has done for us. What he has done for us as regards what happened in the state, of which everyone is aware. He fought the battle for us to win. No one is the loser, and no one is the winner but God fought the battle for Rivers State to win.
“I also want to thank our Papa, the man of God who stood by us. Even where there seemed to be no hope he would tell us that the battle is the Lord’s till at the end, we won the battle”. That received a thunderous applause.
The governor who has since sent out an olive branch to those in opposition said he bears no grudge.
He restated, “I bear no grudge so have forgiven everyone who may have offended and if I have in any way offended anyone, I also ask for forgiveness. I therefore urge everyone to join hands to move Rivers State forward”.
That elicited shouts, clapping and waving of hands in solidarity from the already excited congregation then a monumental hush as Pastor Ibiyeomie stepped in to conclude.
He collaborated Wike’s assertion that the governorship battle in the state was fought by God and described his speech as the shortest political speech as he called on the congregation to pray for the governor and state. A prayer he sealed with laying of hands on the Wike’s and their entourage.