Wike Harps On Religious Tolerance


Rivers State Government House, Port Harcourt, which is known for its beehive of activities recorded low events last week. Significant drop in the number of activities has remained the case since curtain closed on the third anniversary celebration of Governor Nyesom Wike’s administration, few weeks ago.
However, the Governor used the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir, celebrated by Muslims last Tuesday and Wednesday to call on Nigerians to embrace religious tolerance as to promote peace across the country and enhance national development.
The call was contained in his Sallah message. Noting that Eid-el-Kabir is a season of love, peace, togetherness and sacrifice, the Governor prayed God to use the Sallah period to impact positively on the lives of Nigerians.
He felicitated with Nigerian Muslims and charged them to emulate the Holy Prophet Mohammed by imbibing the ideals of sacrifice exemplified by the prophet.
Wike particularly thanked the muslim community in Rivers State for the consistent support to his administration, assuring them of continued partnership of his administration in order to move the state forward.
He equally assured the people and residents of the state that the state government would work with the security agencies to ensure that all citizens celebrate the Sallah in peace and harmony.
As the death of the Attorney-General of the state, Honourable Emmanuel Aguma (SAN), continue to attract visitors from far and near to the Brick House, a delegation of the national working committee and board of trustees of the Peoples Demotratic Party (PDP) paid a condolence visit on Governor Wike last Thursday.
The delegation, which was led by the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus described the death of Aguma as painful.
“We received the news at the national headquarters with shock. It was very painful, especially when we remember his activities during the two national conventions in Port Harcourt.
“We recall that he was the chairman of the screening committee of the party during those conventions. He did a very wonderful job,” Secondus said.
Late Aguma served the party as screening committee chairman during the national conventions which were held in Port Harcourt.
Secondus remarked that during the trying times of the party, the late Aguma applied his professional competence to assist the party.
In his response, Governor Wike thanked the delegation for the visit and urged them to participate in the burial activities of the legal icon as a mark of honour.
He said since 1998, late Aguma remained a loyal member of PDP who never defected at anytime, adding that he (Aguma) was committed, trusted and served the state to the best of his ability.
“With your condolence visit, we are comforted that our friends are with us at this trying moment,” Wike said.
He charged all PDP members to unite and work for the victory of the party in 2019 as a tribute to the late legal giant who was a committed party man.


Chris Oluoh