Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that Rivers people are proud of the Former Chief of Army Staff , General Kenneth Minimah for his contributions to nation building and his spirited defence of constitutional democracy during the 2015 General Elections.
Governor Wike said that General Minimah stood on the side of integrity and refused to use the Nigerian Army negatively as was the case during the 2019 elections.
Speaking during the 60th Birthday Celebration of General Minimah on Saturday in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike praised General Minimah for his outstanding commitment to the maintenance of security across the country during his leadership as Chief of Army Staff. The Current Chief of Army Staff was represented at the event by the General Officer Commanding 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Jamil Sarhem.
Represented by his Chief of Staff, Engr Chukwuemeka Woke, the Rivers State Governor said that General Minimah has been a good ambassador of Rivers State.
He said that as Chief of Army Staff General Minimah respected the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and never used the Nigerian Army to manipulate the General Elections across the country and in Rivers State.
He said: “This is a man of integrity. He is good Ambassador of Rivers State. As Chief of Army Staff in 2015, he refused to use the Army to manipulate the General Elections. In Rivers State, his brother from Opobo was the APC Governorship Candidate, yet he did not use the Army negatively.
“Unlike in 2019, when the Nigerian Army was used negatively during the elections in Rivers State and the rest of the country. When General Minimah was Chief of Army Staff, he respected the constitution of the country “.
Governor Wike urged other Rivers leaders to use their positions to promote Rivers State, instead of de-marketing the State.
Also speaking, Former Minister of Transport, Dr Abiye Sekibo described the Former Chief of Army Staff as a man of integrity.
He said the Buhari Administration should be grateful to General Kenneth Minimah for refusing to negatively use the Nigerian Army to intervene in the 2015 Electoral Process .
“This man of integrity said it is against the law. There was pressure. There were northern leaders who wanted the man to take over. If the Chief of Army Staff was a northerner, General Buhari wouldn’t have been President. This is the man who has shown love for our nation “, he said
He said that the Former Chief of Army Staff stood on the platform of integrity. He said that the APC Federal Government should be thankful to him.
Father of the Day, Amanyanabo of Opobo, King Douglas Dandeson he said the Former Chief of Army Staff is a reliable man who has contributed to the growth of the Nation.
Celebrant and Former Chief of Army Staff; General Kenneth Minimah thanked God for his life at 60. He said that getting to 60 has been very adventurous and demanding.
He thanked Nigerians from across the world for coming together celebrate his 60th birthday.
“For you to serve to the peak and come back home, deserves Thanksgiving. I will go to Church to thank God for his mercies. I give all the gratitude to God”, Minimah said..
He said after over 36 years of Service to the nation through the Nigerian Army, he has witnessed all the shades of life.
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