Mrs. Jonathan says ‘Amaechi and Wike remain my sons’
The First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan has appealed once more to the various interests groups in the Rivers State crisis to embrace dialogue so that peace can be restored in the state.
She made the call today when a dekegation of the Niger Delta Bishops Forum/South South Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), paid her a visit in the Villa.
The First Lady used the opportunity to appeal to Governor Rotimi Amaechi to fly the olive branch, and resist being used by outsiders against his own people.
She urged those who are crying more than the bereaved to stop magnifying the misunderstanding, while reiterating that Governor Rotimi Amaechi and Mr. Nyeson Wike remain her sons, brothers and kinsmen, and would do anything to protect both of them.
Mrs Jonathan expressed her commitment to ensuring that peace returns to Rivers State soon, stating that as the President of African First Ladies Peace Mission; her desire is to have peace in her home base.
Quoting copiously from the Holy Bible, Mrs. Jonathan brought out the vital, dynamic and creative resources for peace building as ordained by God, as well as the importance of respect for elders and those in authority.
She emphasized that she has committed the situation in Rivers state to prayers, 'because I believe there is nothing prayer cannot do' and 'when God says yes, nobody can say no'.
She charged the Bishops to pray that God should return Rivers State to its normal peaceful situation, expressing her faith that with God the present generation will leave a legacy of peace for generations yet unborn.
The Bishops, led by ArchBishop God-Do-Well, said that they were not influenced or bribed to pay the visit, but got inspiration from God to take practical steps to restore peace in Nigeria, especially Rivers State.
Arch Bishop God Do-Well stated that their presence was in fulfillment of the church's responsibility to shape a culture of peace and justice.
Prayers were offered for peace in Nigeria, Rivers State and the well being of the first family.