Against the backdrop of widespread impression of stealing the commonwealth of Delta state, former governor, James Ibori, has said that he is not a thief.
Ibori made this known at the First Baptist Church, Oghara during a thanksgiving service organised in his honour by kinsmen.
â€œToday I have decided to speak for myself, I am not a thief, I cannot be a thief. Today is the day they say I should give testimony to God, for those that know me, you know that my entire life is a testimony itself and I have said it over and over again that my life is fashioned by God, directed by God, sealed, acknowledged, blessed by God and I believe that since the day I was born.
â€œLike the Archbishop said, when this whole commotion started, what was most painful to me was the pain and suffering that my people were going through.
â€œIt has nothing to do with me as a person because for some reasons like I said to you, I drew my strength from God and somehow, i knew that God would stand by me, I knew that one day, and this day would come. I am indeed very pleased that I can now stand before you and look at your faces, faces that I have missed and those of you that have indeed suffered the pains of my absence. It has nothing to do with me.
â€œSo, when I reflect, it gives me joy that all your prayers, God has answered, all your supports and solidarity with me all through this period; it is indeed not what I can begin to say. Like what our former chief of staff, Francis Agboroh said it is â€œunquestionableâ€.
â€œIf I am to give testimony of my journey you will not leave here. The only testimony that I have is the fact that I am back and alive in your midst. And again I say that I never had any doubt in my mind that I would get back home,â€ Ibori said.