The Anglican Bishop of Evo Diocese in Rivers State, Rt Rev Innocent Ordu, has called for an end to the face-off between Rivers State governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike and his predecessor, Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
Ordu made the call while speaking at the 3rd session of the 2nd Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Evo, held at the Chapel of Grace and Knowledge, Archdeacon Crowther Memorial Girls’ School, Elelenwo, Port Harcourt, with the theme, “Recapturing the spirit of excellence and integrity in service: The Daniel example”.
The Bishop said, “We also commend the outgone governor, Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi for all his achievements while in office. We, however, feel deeply pained by all the strife and distractions that characterised the closing period of that government.
“We plead with both the former and new governors, Amaechi and Wike, along with their supporters to seek and follow the path of lasting peace and reconciliation with each other and with all their political foes in the state in the interest of a greater Rivers State.”
He pleaded with members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to give peace a chance as the people of the state will never be comfortable with the attacks and all manner of bickering between leaders of the two political parties on one hand and officials of the past administration and the present administration on another hand.
Ordu said, “Whatever the outcome of the case at the tribunal may be, we plead with all politicians in the state particularly members of the APC and PDP to give peace a chance.”
We have never been and are still not comfortable with the attacks, insults, abuses, lies and all manner of bickering stills going on between the leaders of both political parties on one hand and officers of the past and present governments on the other even after the elections. This is not healthy for our democratic process.
“The greater well-being, peace and development of the state should be of primary concern to all the major actors in the on-going tensions. In our opinion, religious and traditional leaders in the state should now come together and prayerfully proffer lasting solutions to the troubles in the state, rather than continue in their present aligned postures.