By Emma Arubi
WARRI â€” BENEFICIARIES of the philanthropic gestures of former Governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, who now exhibit greed and ingratitude should expect the wrath of God Almighty.
A Warri-based clergy, Rev. Stephen Gbejoro,Â made this assertion,Â while speaking at a dinner organised by the Pro-Ibori Group to mark the 52nd birthday of theÂ embattled former Governor, saying, â€œGod always appreciates those who show gratitude for any assistance rendered to them by anybody.â€
He said he was moved by the gratitude shown by some people, who benefited from Chief Iboriâ€™s administration directly or indirectly.
Said he, â€œGod always appreciate those who show gratitude. Infact God gives more blessings to those who show gratitude for an assistance rendered to them in the past. That is why I am praying to God to bless, Emami Ayiri and his Pro- Ibori Group for the birthday celebration for Ibori despite his ordeal.
â€œI am not saying you collected money from him but for appreciating the development he brought to bear on the state when he was in government is a testimony of what you did today,â€ he added.
Dr. Gbejoro, who is the Founder/President, Christ the Lord Church of God and Hour of Truth Delta television preacher, condemned those who wined and dined with Chief Ibori when he was in power and later abandoned him and failed to identify with him in his present ordeal,Â noting that God abhors such attitude.
Prominent Deltans and hundreds of youths witnessed the elaborate birthday party in Warri,Â with speakers after speakers,Â paying glowing tribute to Chief Ibori for laying the solid developmental foundation that the Dr. Uduaghan is currently building upon, noting that Iboriâ€™sÂ present ordeal is purely political.
He enjoined all well meaning Deltans to always remember to pray for the embattled former Governor, for God to grant him the strength to pass through his ordeal safely and successfully, adding that â€œit is not how many times a man falls that matter but the efforts made in rising up after each fallâ€.