Wike Pledges to Work  with Catholic  Church  to Develop  Rivers  State

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*VP Osinbajo  restates Buhari’s  commitment  to fight corruption

Rivers  State  Governor, Nyesom  Ezenwo  Wike  has  pledged  to work  with  the Catholic  Church  to enhance  the development  of  Rivers  State.

This is even as Vice President Yemi  Osinbajo  stated that the Buhari  administration  remains  focused on the fight against  corruption  since the survival  of  the  nation  depends on it.

Speaking  during  the  Second  Plenary  of the Catholic  Bishop  Conference  of Nigeria in Port  Harcourt  on  Sunday,  Governor  Wike  said  that  his administration  has  started the revival  of  the  state, stressing  that  the  support  of  the  Church  is required  for greater  success to be  attained .

He noted that he would assist  the Catholic  Church  in  reviving her missionary  schools  and making them centres of excellence  as started by former  Governor Peter Odili.

While urging  the  church  to always pray for his administration  to deliver  on its promises,  Governor  Wike  praised the Catholic  Church  for always providing a non partisan platform for all politicians to promote  their candidacy.

He advised  other churches  to emulate  the  Catholic  Church  by shunning  the  attitude  of  endorsing candidates.

He said : “I like to use this opportunity  to  advise  other Church  leaders to emulate  the  Catholic  Church  by refusing to be drawn into the  practice  of  endorsing  candidates  during  elections”.

The  governor  pledged to construct  the  road leading to the  Catholic  Pastoral Centre in Port Harcourt  alongside  the  internal  roads in the vicinity.

Prof Osinbajo  who spoke as a representative  of  President  Muhammadu  Buhari  said that unless Nigeria  kills corruption ,  corruption  will kill the  country.

“Our fight against  corruption  is not just a moral battle for virtue and righteousness  in our land, it is a fight for the soul and substance  of our nation “, the Vice  President  said.

He said  corruption  has become  so endemic  in Nigeria  that it constitutes  a parallel  system  that negates development.

President  of  the  Catholic  Bishop  Conference  of Nigeria,  Archbishop  Ignatius  Kaigama  urged the  Federal  Government  to  be steadfast in its fight against  corruption.

The Conference  was attended  by  Catholic  Bishops from all the  States of the Federation.

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