18th August, 2011
Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi has declared his administration is under the guidance and authority of God.
Governor Amaechi stated this Wednesday, while declaring open the 2011 Evangelical Fellowship of the Anglican Communion (EFAC) at the St Paulâ€™s Cathedral in Diobu, Port Harcourt.
Amaechi said, though the Bible recognizes the authority of the state, divine authority is supreme and above human authority.
“As a Christian I submit completely to the authority of the Church. The Government led by me would submit to the authority of God”, he stressed.
Governor Amaechi while recalling his ordeal of pursuing his mandate at the courts, acknowledged the support of the church and some clergy whom he said assured him of victory.
â€œDuring the trying period, I learnt a great lesson of faith. God used that to show the people in authority that only He is God. God, is not about reasoning, God, is about faith.”
He described the Church as the foundation of morality and good conduct noting that the Bible provides answers to every human problem.
He also tasked the clergy and top church leaders to be beacons of hope for a better society.
Governor Amaechi further charged the church to always pray for the country and its leaders for God to give them divine guidance to deliver good leadership.
The Governor thanked the Anglican Communion for holding its EFAC meeting in the State and wished them a peaceful stay and Godâ€™s blessings.
Later the Primate of Anglican Communion in Nigeria, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh thanked the Governor for gracing the occasion and prayed God to always give him the wisdom and strength to lead the State aright and more blessings in his future endeavours.
Okoh also offered special prayers for the country.
Earlier, the National Chairman of EFAC, Most Rev. Michael Akinyemi stated that the EFAC meeting began in Nigeria in 1963 and that the Anglican evangelical body would celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2013.
By Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt