In a recent church service in Port Harcourt, Nyesom Wike, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), expressed displeasure as the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Niger Delta, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Oko-Jaja, failed to recognize him as FCT Minister. The incident unfolded at the rededication service of the Rivers State Judiciary’s 2023/2024 Legal Year, attended by Wike and Governor Siminalayi Fubara.
Wike was visibly sad by the oversight, he warned against treating non-politicians like politicians and stated the consequences of dragging oneself into politics.
“I saw the preaching…not even the courtesy of recognizing that the Minister of FCT came in.”
Wike who was previously praised by the Anglicans during his tenure as Governor, expressed his disappointment in the bishop’s behavior.
Asserting his political identity, Wike reminded the clergy of their distinct roles and urged caution to avoid being entangled in politics.
He cautioned, “If you are not a politician and don’t want what happens to politicians to happen to you, be careful. Once you drag yourself into politics, the mud will also be rubbed on you.”
Wike, known for his assertive demeanor, called for an apology from the bishop, emphasizing the duty to respect all congregation members regardless of political affiliation.
The bishop, in his sermon titled “Fear Not,” encouraged judicial officers to fearlessly uphold truth in their duties and overcome the spirit of fear.