Wike donates N50m to Anglican cathedral

Port Harcourt—Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has donated N50million to the All Saint’s Cathedral Church of the Anglican Communion, Rumuokwurusi Town in Obio-Akpor Local Government Area.

The governor, in a statement by his Special Assistant, Media, Kelvin Ebiri, said the donation was to support missions and other sundry work at the cathedral.

The Nation newspaper reports that the governor also described as sad that most people did not appreciate the role men of the Nigeria Armed Forces continued to play in ensuring peace and unity in the country.

The governor spoke at the cathedral where the thanksgiving and interdenominational church service organised in commemoration of 2023 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebrations held on Sunday.

Wike observed that each year the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebrations would begin with the emblem launch.

He said after the launch, crests were usually made available, but lamented that most Nigerians failed to attach importance to the crest.

Wike said pinning such crests on shirts won daily served as a mark of honour and a way of identifying with the men and officers of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

He said refusing to wear them was an indication of a lack of appreciation of the sacrifices the officers had made in fighting to curtail insurrection, secession, crime and all forms of criminality that threaten the peace that makes a healthy country.

Wike reiterated his stance on the need for the Federal Government to establish a standing welfare fund, from which money could be used to cater for the families of fallen heroes and war veterans that had defended the territorial integrity of Nigeria.

The service was used to offer prayers for men and officers of the Nigeria Armed Forces, unity within families of the citizenry, peace, justice and economic advancement in Rivers State and Nigeria, and greater grace of God upon governor Wike.

In his sermon, the Vicar of All Saint’s Cathedral of the Anglican Church in Rumuokwurusi, Venerable Alex Usifoh urged the congregation to conduct their affairs in a manner that would leave positive impact in their work places, communities and at the state level.

He noted the valuable sacrifices made by the fallen heroes and war veterans who served, giving up their comfort while fighting against insurrection and secession attempts in order to keep Nigeria united, and in peace.

Usifoh urged Nigerians to continue to support families of the war veterans like governor Wike had always done in appreciation of the sacrifices made.

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