Nigeria At 51: Expect Better Days Ahead ~ Gov Amaechi
As Nigerians celebrate the nation's 51st Independence
Anniversary, Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi
Amaechi says they should expect better days ahead.
Governor Amaechi stated this during an Inter-Denominational
Thanksgiving Service to mark the 51st National Day Anniversary
at St. Thomas Anglican Church, Diobu, Port Harcourt.
Represented by his deputy, Engr. Tele Ikuru, the State Chief
Executive prayed for the nation's leaders for God's guidance,
urging Nigerians to contribute positively to national
development and transformation.
In his sermon titled “God Likes Challenges”, Arch Bishop of the
Ecclesiastical Province of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican
Communion), Most Reverend Ignatius Kattey, Quoting from 1 Kings
20:1-28, Most Rev, Kattey called on Christians to remain
resolute in their commitment to God, emphasizing that God loves
challenges and will always humiliate those who challenge him.
The cleric lamented the parlous state of the nation after 51
years of independence, regretting that inspite of the enormous
resources committed to improve social amenities; the nation was
the worse off for it, calling for national repentance.
He reiterated that the Church in Nigeria remains opposed to the
establishment an operation of Islamic banking system in Nigeria,
pointing out that the real motives of those propagating it
remains suspect, calling on the Federal Government to expedite
action on the arrest and prosecution of sponsors of terrorism in
Dignitaries at the service included former Governor of the
State, Chief Rufus Ada George, former Deputy Governors, Sir
Gabriel Toby, and Eze Gbakagbaka, Eze Oha Evo, Eze Dr Frank Eke,
Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Otelemaba
Amachree, represented by his deputy, Hon. Leyii Kwanee, Chief of
the State, Justice Iche Ndu, Commissioners for Lands, Barr.
Ezemonye Ezekiel-Amadi, Works, Chief Victor Giadom, Local
Government, Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Hon. Charles
Okaye, and Culture and Tourism, Dr Nathaniel Imegwu, Chairman of
the Local Government Service Commission, Chief Azubuike
Nmerukini, Chairman of the State Environmental Sanitation
Authority, Hon. Isobo Jack.
Others are Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr. Aniedi Ikowak, State
Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Andy Nweye,
Paramount Ruler of Port Harcourt, HRM Eze Sunday Worluchem, Oda
Abuan, HRM King Monday Obuge, Nye-Nwe-Eli Isiokpo, HRM Eze
Blessing Wagor, and service commanders. ###