Rivers State Governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike has called on Nigerian politicians to see politics as sports and not war that should be fought with desperation.
The governor said that politics must be viewed as sports where there must be victors and losers , but the participants exchange pleasantries waiting for the next contest.
Wike spoke on Tuesday at Government House, Port Harcourt, when he hosted his kinsmen from Rumuepirikom community in Obio/Akpor local government area of the state, to a Sallah lunch.
He said, “Politics is not war. I advise politicians to see politics as sports where there is always a winner and a loser. That way, we will not have major conflicts in the community.
“When you contest an election and someone else has won, felicitate with that person hoping that tomorrow will be another day when you will have your day.”
The governor urged members of the Rumuepirikom community to continue to thank God because the aspirations of the community have come to fruition with his emergence as the governor of the state.
Wike said, “Our forefathers wherever they are will be happy that this Kingdom is now known nationally and internationally. Therefore, we have every reason to be united for the good of our people.”
The governor assured that he will be a compassionate leader to all the people of the state as his commitment remains Rivers first at all times.
He charged the indigenes of Rumuepirikom Kingdom to always promote brotherly love and unity amongst themselves, stressing that different groups will benefit from the State Government’s empowerment schemes.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Rumuepirikom Community Development Committee, Elder Kingsley Owabie, who lauded the governor for being a worthy ambassador of the community, assured the governor that his kinsmen will always support him at all times.