Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called on Christians to work in unity for the growth of the faith.
Governor Wike also regretted the level of disunity among Christian denominations, saying that it is hindering the expansion of the Church.
He spoke on Friday during a Courtesy Visit by His Eminence, Baba Aladura, Dr David Bob-Manuel, Moses Orimolade IX and Prelate of The Eternal Sacred Order of Cherubim and Seraphim Worldwide at the Government House Port Harcourt.
He said:"Let me appeal to Christians that the time has come when we have to work as a body.
"There are too many divisions in the faith. Look at the Christian Association of Nigeria in Rivers State, it has been divided into factions. This is not necessary. We cannot be the body of Christ and we are not work together.
"Working as a team will make the Church grow faster than it is doing right now ".
Governor Wike assured the Christian community that his administration will continue to support them. He said that the support is borne out of the fact that Rivers State is a Christian State.
He reiterated that there is no gain in youths becoming cultists. He urged the Church to work with the Rivers State Government to discourage cultism.
"There is no gain in joining cult groups. Cultism does not pay. We need to continue talking to our youths on the need to shun cultism ", he said.
Governor Wike congratulated the Baba Aladura on his emergence as the leader of Cherubim and Seraphim Worldwide. He said Rivers people are proud of him.
Earlier, His Eminence, Baba Aladura; Dr David Bob-Manuel, Prelate of The Eternal Sacred Order of Cherubim and Seraphim Worldwide commended the Rivers State Governor for his consistent support for the Christian community.
He congratulated the Rivers State Governor on his victories at the Polls and the Tribunal, urging him to use his second term to consolidate on his first term achievements.
"Your achievements in the state are monumental. Your effort to address insecurity in the state through the launch of Operation Sting is quite commendable.
"You have left your footprints in the sands of time. God will grant you the enablement
He said that he is in Rivers State for the International Youth Conference of the Church which will attract 7000 youths from across the world. He said this year's event is the first time the Church is holding the programme outside Lagos.