62 years ago today, our beloved country Nigeria joined the comity of nations of the world as an independent country.
By that historic stride, we became free to determine our future and that of generations yet unborn. We began to take decisions on our political, economic, security, cultural and other aspects of our national life. We became responsible for how the different parts of our country are governed and developed. 62 years on, we have recorded varying degrees of successes and despite our challenges, we have remained one country under God.
For us in Rivers State, this independence day anniversary is auspicious because in few months, our people shall be called upon to make crucial decisions on the course of events for the next four years. Rivers people shall be called upon to elect persons to pilot the affairs of the state; a golden opportunity for a paradigm shift and a change in the narrative.
Although Rivers State has the second largest GDP in the country, this has not positively impacted the lives of our people. There is therefore a lot of work to be done in expanding the frontiers of our economy and bringing the much needed succour to our people.
Enmeshed in massive unemployment, insecurity, militancy and environmental degradation, there is hope in the horizon. A new dawn beckons. Rivers State is on the threshold of a fresh start. Our country, Nigeria shall emerge a stronger and united nation. Our people shall be prosperous and happy again.
Happy 62nd Independence anniversary.
God bless Rivers Sate
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria
I, therefore, give God all the Glory for using us to reach out to these ones. Most importantly, the Prayers rendered by them were indeed overwhelming, I was touched and humbled to the marrow, and I say Amen to them all.
Today I joined my family, relatives and Chiefs in Abonnema, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area and in Port Harcourt town to solemnly pay last respect to my brother, Late Hon. Harold Briggs and to commiserate with the family of Late Madam Elekima George who was today buried in Buguma Town, Asari-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State. Ma Elekima passed on at the ripe age of 96 to the glory of God.
It is however painful that Harold Briggs died very untimely at the age of 48, but as a people of faith, we leave all to the unfailing wisdom of God Almighty. I sincerely wish their respective immediate families a full emotional healing and speedy relief as they struggle to come to terms with the reality of the deceased’s irreversible absence in their daily lives. May their souls rest in perfect peace.