Rivers Governor Wike Seeks Appreciation, Not Worship, at Sekibo's 36th Anniversary

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike clarified that he seeks appreciation, not worship, from those he has helped. Wike also apologized for his mistake in choosing a governorship candidate in the 2023 election, promising to correct it.

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Rivers Governor Wike Seeks Appreciation, Not Worship, at Sekibo's 36th Anniversary

Rivers Governor Wike Seeks Appreciation, Not Worship, at Sekibo's 36th Anniversary

On Saturday, May 11, 2024, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike spoke at the 36th anniversary celebration of George Thompson Sekibo in Ogu-Bolo, Nigeria. During the event, Wike clarified that he does not seek worship from those he has helped, but rather appreciation. His remarks came in response to a statement by Governor Siminalayi Fubara, who had said he would not worship Wike simply because he contributed to his emergence as governor.

Why this matters: The clarification by Governor Wike highlights the importance of humility in political leadership, emphasizing that leaders should prioritize the well-being of their people over personal adoration. This stance has implications for the dynamics of power and accountability in Nigerian politics, as it sets a tone for more servant-leadership rather than authoritarianism.

Wike emphasized that only God deserves worship, stating, "I have never told anybody to worship me. Nobody can worship man. All of us believe that it is only God we will worship." He added, "God uses people to help others. So when you have been helped, you appreciate them. God will know you have appreciated him."

The event, held at St Martins Church Field in Ogu town, was a grand civic reception to honor Senator George Thompson Sekibo for his years of meritorious service. Wike acknowledged the significance of the occasion, saying, "It is not easy to be a public officer and the people decide to honour you. Let me thank the Ogu council of chiefs and the entire community who insisted that their son should be honoured."

During his speech, Wike also admitted to making a mistake in his choice of governorship candidate in the 2023 general election. He pleaded with his supporters to forgive him, saying the mistake would be corrected in due time. "I want to say this clearly: in life, we may have made a mistake. You have made, and there is nothing anyone can make about. I have made a mistake. I own it up, and I ask God to forgive me. I have said all of you, forgive me. But we will correct it at the appropriate time," Wike stated.

The former Rivers State governor urged his loyalists not to be frightened, assuring them that the law will take its course despite political maneuvering and clandestine movements to procure court injunctions. He advised the people of Ogu-Bolo to forget the abuse coming from their detractors and to remain calm, as everything would be over soon.

Wike, who now serves as the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), reiterated that he would not abandon the people of Ogu-Bolo and acknowledged that he had maintained peace in the area. He was accompanied at the event by Senator Magnus Abe and other political associates.

Key Takeaways

  • Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike clarifies he seeks appreciation, not worship, from those he's helped.
  • Wike emphasizes humility in leadership, prioritizing people's well-being over personal adoration.
  • He admits to making a mistake in his 2023 governorship candidate choice and asks for forgiveness.
  • Wike assures loyalists that the law will take its course despite political maneuvering.
  • He promises to correct his mistake in due time and maintain peace in Ogu-Bolo.