Former Rivers State governor and current Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi, has begged God and ctizens of the state for forgiveness.
In a Sunday message to Nigerians and Rivers people in particular, Amaechi said this year’s Easter calls for sober reflection and forgiveness.
He added that it was needful that he and other politicians beg God and the people of the state for forgiveness and mercy for all the things done or left undone as well as for the pain and anguish the people have brazenly suffered.
Open battle between Amaechi and Governor Nyesom Wike, over who controls Rivers, is believed to have been responsible for the electoral violence and killings that marred 2019 governorship election in the state.
Wike had since begged those he offended for forgiveness and said he had also forgiven those who offended him. He had then pleaded with Amaechi and other stakeholders in the state to allow the ‘sleeping dog lie’ and join hands with him for the development of the state.
In his own message of forgiveness Amaechi said, “No doubt, our state has endured a tortuous political season, which saw political parties jostle and cajole Rivers people to make choices.
“Our state, which was known and respected as the Treasure Base of the Nation, is now almost always in the news for the wrong reasons. This is not the Rivers State of our dreams.
“We must find our way back to the path of a glorious future. I am one of you, therefore, as your father, son and brother, I beseech you to be of good courage and join hands to build and restore the glory of our state.
“For us as Rivers people, this is a moment for sober reflection and forgiveness.
“I will not hesitate to implore that we all ask God for forgiveness and mercy for all the things done or left undone and from the citizens for the pain and anguish that they have brazenly suffered, which most times are unreported.
“The persistence of gang violence, kidnappings and killings in parts of the state has dealt a telling blow on the psyche of the people. People no longer feel safe or sleep with their two eyes closed.”