Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, has harped on the need for peace to reign in the state to enable his administration achieve its development goals.
The governor, who emphasized his determination to create an enviable Rivers that satisfies the dreams and aspirations of all residents, however, acknowledged that the state is facing a difficult time at this period.
Fubara spoke at at the funeral service of late the Amanyanabo and Natural Ruler of the Kalabari Kingdom, King Theophilus J.T. Princewill, Amachree XI, held at the King Amachree Square in Buguma Town, Asari Toru Local Government Area on Thursday against the background of the battle between him and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, which has resulted in political tension in the state.
Nevertheless, Fubara charged all residents to embrace peace, exhibit mutual harmony among themselves and meaningfully contribute their quota to achieve designated developmental activities that will eventually benefit the state.
He said, “We are in a difficult period, but just be peaceful. We cannot achieve progress in an environment of violence. We cannot grow our State to the level of our aspirations when there is trouble.
“We can only advance to our dream State in a peaceful environment. I urge every one of you to be peaceful. Peace is the only instrument that can bring development.”
The governor further applauded the level of cooperation seen between the bereaved family and the entire Kalabari people through the various stages of preparations leading to the eventual burial of their late king, to the disappointment of those who had predicted the crisis.
He urged the Kalabari people to continue to live in peace even after the burial of their late king, adding that nobody in the State should lose hope because his administration is committed not to disappoint them regarding all their expectations.
In his sermon, the intercontinental Youth Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Belemina Obunge, who represented the General Overseer of the Church, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, preached on the topic: “Don’t wait until you’re late” and harped on the need for people to seek God fervently, serve him truthfully while also living peaceably with neighbours in their various communities.