â€¢ Hold intercessory prayers
Christians from all denominations trooped to the Saint Paulâ€™s Anglican Cathedral in Port Harcourt for the thanksgiving andÂ dedication service for the Rivers State Golden Jubilee.Â
Â The special service also attracted Muslim faithful who joined their Christian brethren Â to pray for the state for the next 50 years Â of its existence.Â
The state Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, read the only lesson Â for the service Â from Leviticus 25: 8-24, with Christian Leaders from across the state taking separate intercessory Â for the state.Â
Addressing Â the congregation, Wike called on the people Â of the state to work together for the rapid development of the state.Â
He said the people of the state Â have a lot to celebrate as previous Â administrations contributed Â to the development of the state, pointing out Â that Â his administration Â is building Â on the Â achievements Â of the past.
He said: â€œIrrespective Â of Â our affiliations, we should Â come together. It does not matter the party that we belong, let us work together to move the state forward.
â€œOf importance is that we should use this period of our Golden Jubilee Â as a time of reconciliation.â€
He faulted former Rivers leaders who told the media that there was nothing to celebrate after 50 years of the stateâ€™s creation.
According Â to Â him, the events that led to the creation of the state and the ensuing benefits indicate that the people Â have a lot to celebrate.Â
He said: â€œI concluded that they were not quarrelling Â with the celebration of 50 years. They are just not comfortable Â that I am the one in charge during the Golden Jubilee of Rivers State. Â There is nothing anyone can do about it and we give God the glory.â€Â
The governor reiterated Â that RiversÂ is a Christian state. He stated that theÂ people would ensure that the next 50 years Â witnesses more development.Â
He assured the people of the state that he will stand for them at times. He said he will never succumb to intimidation Â or blackmail Â in the service of the Â state.
Archbishop of Anglican Niger Delta Province, Most Rev Ignatius Kattey, said God has placed Governor Wike Â at the helm of affairsÂ as a divine arrangement to prosper the state.
He called for the reconciliation among all groups in the state to create the environment Â for the governor to re-position the state.Â
There were special gospel music ministrations Â by Don Solomon, the Port Harcourt Male Ensemble Â and the Saint Paulâ€™s Anglican Cathedral Choir.
Prominent Rivers leaders who attended the dedication service. They included: former Governor Peter Odili, first military Governor of the state, Diete Spiff, former state Deputy, Dr. Gabriel Toby, Senator George Thompson Sekibo, former ministers, members Â of the National Assembly andÂ officials of the state government.Â