The State Chief Executive, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says the Late Elder Samuel Azuta Mbata left a legacy of faith and passion for the things of God.
Governor Wike stated this during the funeral service in honour of the Late Elder Statesman at Elder Sam Mbata's Compound Eneka on Saturday, 19th September, 2020.
Represented by his Deputy, Dr. Mrs. Ipalibo Harry Banigo Governor Wike urged members of his family to build on that legacy and move forward, noting that the Almighty God would comfort them.
“The God of all comfort will comfort you he will not leave you alone; he will not leave you without comfort. God is with you in a greater dimension that you can ever imagine”. Governor Wike stressed.
The Governor who described him as a trail blazer said Elder Mbata have done so much in all the leadership roles that he played.
“In the Rivers State Government he served meritoriously as the Chairman of the Governing Council of the Rivers State College of Science and Technology, now Rivers State University.
He was also the Chairman of the Judicial Council these are very key roles, and he also provided leadership in many other ways”. Governor Wike further stressed.
Governor Wike who said the Late Elder Statesman practically brought full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship International to Nigeria of which Rivers State was a beneficiary added that he was a member of the Board of Trustees Internationally.
The State Chief Executive took a swipe at the Nigeria Police Force for the Siege on his Hotel in Benin City where he lodged while on official assignment.
“I call on the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Inspector General of Police, all the Security Agencies and INEC to please allow the democratic process to carry on in our nation and allow the Edo People to vote in a violence free process”. He further stressed.
In his Sermon Rev. Uma Ukpai who is the Founder and president of Uma Ukpai Evangelistic Association, extolled the sterling qualities of the Late Elder Sam Mbata, described him as a man of great purpose.
He said Mbata was a reliable man whom you can count on in times of need, noting that Sam Mbata used his resources to propagate the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ sacrificially during his life time and prayed the Almighty God to empower his children to achieve greater exploits for Christ.