Rivers State governor, Mr Nyesom Wike, has called on Nigerian politicians to see politics as sport and not war that should be fought with desperation.
The governor said that politics must be viewed as sport where there must be victors and losers, while the participants exchange pleasantries waiting for the next contest.
The governor spoke yesterday, when he hosted his kinsmen from Rumuepirikom Kingdom in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state to a Sallah lunch at Government House, Port Harcourt.
He said: “Politics is not war. I advise politicians to see politics as sport where there is always a winner and a loser. That way, we will not have major conflicts in the community.
“When you contest an election and someone else wins, felicitate with that person hoping that tomorrow will be another opportunity when you will have your day.”
He urged members of Rumuepirikom community to continue to thank God because the aspirations of the kingdom have come to fruition with his emergence as the governor of the state.
“Our forefathers, wherever they are, will be happy that this kingdom is now known nationally and internationally. Therefore, we have every reason to be united for the good of our people,” he added.
The governor assured that he will be a compassionate leader to all the people of the state as his commitment remains Rivers first at all times.
He charged the indigenes of Rumuepirikom Kingdom to always promote brotherly love and unity among themselves, stressing that different groups will benefit from the state government’s empowerment schemes.