Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has thanked Rivers people for their prayers and condolences since the passage of his uncle, Late Chief Charles Wike.
Governor Wike said the fervent prayers of Rivers people and their condolence visits have given the family the strength and courage to bear the irreparable loss.
He spoke on Sunday Evening during a condolence visit by Rivers Elders at the Government House Port Harcourt.
Governor Wike said: “I thank Rivers people who have fervently prayed on our behalf. Their prayers and visits have given us the strength to bear this irreparable loss.
“Nobody can say that we can have a replacement of our late uncle. No matter the condolence messages, he cannot be replaced. But we thank God for what he used him to do for our community.”
Governor Wike described his uncle as a great man who stood for his community, promoted education and contributed his quota to the overall development of the area.
He thanked Rivers Elders for the condolence visit, saying that the family appreciates their support at this moment of grief.
“We sincerely give God the glory for the good life that he lived. It would have been our pleasure for him to live longer , but God decides what happens “, he said.
He said that his uncle as a historian, played a positive role in the community. He assured Rivers Elders that they would be informed when his uncle would be buried.
In his remarks, Leader of Rivers Elders, Chief Ferdinand Alabraba said that the Elders were at the Government House Port Harcourt to commiserate with the Rivers State Governor over the passage of his uncle.
He said Late Chief Charles Wike was a good man who left behind a rich profile of service to his community and Rivers State.
He said: “Your Excellency, your uncle was a colossus and he lived a good life. We are here to mourn him.”
He said that Rivers Elders would participate actively in the burial of Late Chief Charles Wike. He urged the Rivers State Governor to inform them anytime the burial is scheduled.
Former Rivers State Governor, Sir Celestine Omehia prayed God to bless and protect the family.
He said while the Late Chief Charles Wike rests in God’s bosom, God should strengthen the family to bear the great loss.
He prayed God to grant Governor Wike the wisdom to continue to lead Rivers people in the right direction .
Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media.
23rd February, 2020.