Governor Nyesom-Wike of River state was yesterday morning, hosted to a ‘surprise’ birthday celebration by his wife, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike.
The guests heard the shofar, a musical instrument, playing loud notes and holding everyone captive. The player was not some professional musician, blaring away.
The event, at the governor’s official residence, was attended by his friends and associates from the three senatorial districts.
The modest birthday was marked by prayers, songs of praise and tributes.
Justice Nyesom-Wike said her husband was a light that God used to shine on people’s path.
She prayed God to continue to bless him and grant him the best of health and long life.
“Everything my husband has passed through in life has strengthened him and made him a better person. It is God that gives him the strength to serve humanity with love and courage.
“I know we shall grow old together. He will continue to succeed in everything he does.”
Justice Nyesom-Wike went on: “Your name will be popular far beyond the shores of Nigeria. Your popularity will be a worldwide affair. Anywhere you go, they will talk about Nyesom, such that knowing Nyesom will be a diplomatic passport. “
She described Governor Wike as a loving husband, a caring father and a role model to his children and youths.
According to her, Wike is a selfless leader who is focused on achieving goals to promote people’s welfare.
Head of Service Mr. Rufus Godwins said Wike led by example.
He said the governor was a leader, who led from the front to give the people direction.
Godwins said: “What happened on Monday was a show of courage by our governor. He is not a retired Army officer or a retired police officer, yet he led his people from the front.”
He noted that the victory of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the rerun was the best birthday gift for Governor Wike from the people.
Wike said the birthday gave him the opportunity to rededicate himself to the selfless service of the state and humanity. He said he would continue to lead the state to greater heights through implementation of quality programmes and projects.
Wike thanked his wife, children, associates and indigenes for their support, love and prayers.