Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has declared that he dissolved the Rivers State Pilgrims Board, because of division amongst the board members. Wike made the declaration yesterday when the Muslim Community in Rivers State paid him a special Sallah homage at Government House, Port Harcourt.
The governor stated that members of the defunct board were involved in the illegal sale of pilgrimage slots. He assured that his administration would continue to carry all groups along, irrespective of their religion and ethnic background. Wike said: “I believe that whether you are Christian or Muslim, we are one. You must support the government to fight insecurity and promote peace.
“It requires the effort of everyone for us to have peace. We should work together for the good of the state.” The governor, who stated that promoting religion and ethnicity hampers development, said efforts should be geared towards development. Earlier in his remarks, Rivers State Islamic leader, Nasir Awhelebe Uhor, said Wike’s victory during the last governorship election has positioned the state for greater development in the next four years. Uhor stated that Muslims in the state are confident that the governor will consolidate on the gains of his first term.
He said: “On behalf of the State Muslim Community, I very heartily congratulate the governor on his re-election. “This victory has positioned Rivers State on the corridor of further development. We pray God for the safety of the Governor and key leaders of his administration all through second term “. Uhor stated that Rivers State has a governor with a burning desire and commitment for development as depicted by the statewide rollout of projects. While thanking Wike for involving the Muslim Community in governance, the Islamic leader urged the governor to continue to include them in the governance process.