By JIMITOTA ONOYUME
PORT HARCOURT — Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State said he fasted for 10 months, 6 a.m. to 6p.m., to be governor of the state.
The governor, at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, camp programme in Igwuruta, Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state, yesterday, said it was fasting that made the court to restore his mandate rather than call for a fresh election in the state.
He said: “I will evangelise. I know most people will be surprised because I am not a pastor. So, in this case, I am part of the evangelism. One of the ways I have evangelised is to repeatedly tell people my past experience of God’s intervention, when I fasted for 10 months, 6am-6pm, praying to God to come down.
“That was how I became governor. I went to court. Instead of the court to say, Amaechi go and contest election, the court said Amaechi go and be the governor of Rivers State. And because I make public my experience, a lot of people now believe that if they focus on God, God will hear their prayers. So, I am also evangelising by testifying to the public about the glory of God in my life.”
He called on the church to continue to pray for enduring peace in the state.
The governor also spoke on his achievements so far as governor, adding that he will continue to deliver the dividends of democracy to the state.
He said: “We have employed more teachers. We are doing bio-metric registration exercise and that is why we are going to pay them next month. We shall pay them by installments until the arrears are cleared. I will continue to serve the poor, I will not compromise on service delivery.
“What I want you (Christians) to do is to pray for all of us as a state so that we can come out of the crisis plaguing the peace of the state. Please, also pray for those who have not received Christ to repent and change from their evil ways.”
General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, urged people of the state to continue to uphold the values of God Almighty and promote harmony in the state.