Picture: Governor Wike (m), Anglican Archbishop of Niger Delta Province, Ignatius Kattey (r) and Rev Uma Ukpai during the crusade on Sunday night in Port Harcourt.
Apparently rattled by the politically inspired herdsmen terrorism in Nigeria, political bloc leaders in Southern Nigeria have started to galvanise their citizens for mass electoral consciousness.
Before now, Christians in the country were largely viewing politics as a vocation not deserving of the children of God. But the underlying political pressure of the Boko Haram and the dangerously armed herdsmen appears to be changing that notion.
Already, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, one of the key oil and gas bearing states in the Niger Delta is busy charging Christians to participate actively in the electoral process to determine leaders of the country.
In a seeming bid to rouse the Christians to action, the governor has assured that his administration will continue to work for the rapid improvement of security in the state.
Media handlers of the governor said their principal was speaking at a crusade of the Niger Delta Province of the Anglican Church on Sunday night at the Elechi Amadi Polytechnic in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
In his characteristic fashion, Governor Wike assured that criminals operating in the state will no longer have a hiding place.
He explained that the death of Oluchi Igwedibia alias Obatosu after a gun duel in Auchi should send a message that all mechanisms have been activated to track down kidnappers and cultists.
He reiterated that the hunt for the 32 alleged cultists declared wanted by the state government will continue till they are arrested and brought to justice.
The governor then appealed to the Church to ensure they create awareness for members to be committed to the enthronement of credible leadership, noting that the church cannot stand aloof and allow ''criminally minded'' people take over the reins of leadership.
Guest preacher, Rev Uma Ukpai urged Rivers people to uphold Governor Wike in prayers on a daily basis.
Anglican Archbishop of the Niger Delta Province, Most Reverend Ignatius Kattey lauded the governor for his commitment to the growth of Christianity in the state.