Abuja - First Lady Patience Jonathan on Monday reiterated the need for love, peace and unity among the people of Rivers.
The president’s wife made the appeal when she visited, Chief Peter Odili, a former Rivers governor, to congratulate him for receiving the Commander of the Order of Niger (CON) Award.
Other recipients of CON from the state, include Minister of State for Education, Chief Nysom Wike; and Sen. George Sekibo.
She said these virtues were the hallmark of Odili’s tenure as the governor of the state.
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The first lady, who extolled Odili’s virtues, said that the former governor carried everyone along.
“I am not surprised at the honour bestowed on you today; it is an honour well deserved, you served well and carried every Rivers person along.”
“Everybody knows me as Mama Peace because I believe in peaceful coexistence,” she said.
Jonathan urged the people to emulate Odili’s leadership quality and continue to support him.
Odili, who spoke on behalf of other recipients from the state, said that since 1967, it was the first time the state would be producing three CON awardees.
He expressed his appreciation to the first lady for her love and support to the people.
The former governor said this would not have been possible without the hard work, commitment and love expressed by the first lady toward her people.