The Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo says the Episcopal consecration of Most Rev. Dr. Patrick Eluke as the Auxiliary Bishop of Port Harcourt Diocese would go a long way in further deepening the partnership between the Church and government in the State.
Dr. Banigo described the emergence of the first indigenous Catholic Bishop from Rivers State as a new dawn in the State especially because, it happened while preparation was on top gear for the inauguration of the second tenure of the current administration in the State.
The Deputy Governor who spoke on behalf of the Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, said in recent time the Governor had engaged both the religious and traditional rulers in finding permanent solution to the security challenge in the State and added that the coming on board of the new Bishop would further strengthen such efforts by the government.
“Knowing that we have so many Catholics in Rivers State; over a million, we hope that the new Auxiliary Bishop will partner with government to ensure that Rivers youths are kept from social vices and restiveness and keep them in the way of the Lord”, she said.
Dr. Banigo added that if the partnership between the Church and government could get over a million youth out of crime, the State would be a lot safer for all.
“The Lord is doing a new thing at the right time, you can always trust God because he is always on time and never late and that is why we are so delighted”, she added.
While congratulating Most Rev. Dr. Patrick Eluke for the elevation, the Deputy Governor said the special gift from the State government woud be delivered directly to the Bishop’s house in the coming days.