Rivers state governor, Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike while speaking during Easter church service at Saint Peter’s Anglican Church in Rumuepirikom on saturday, said that the church has a responsibility to pray that God touches the federal government of Nigeria to return the $43million dollars found in a luxury apartment in Ikoyi to the state coffers because the money belongs to Rivers State government.
In a bid to ensure that the money is returned to the state, Wike said, “we need the prayer of the church, because there is nothing that prayer cannot do. Pray that God should touch the Government of Nigeria, so that they will return the money to us. What we are interested is for the money to come back to us.”
The Rivers state governor also refuted the false propaganda being peddled by the embattled Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, stating he has not declared war on the Federal Government, but the Rivers state government simply wants the funds which belong to the state refunded.
“I cannot declare war on the federal government. Anybody bringing Buhari’s name, should leave Buhari and face his own problems. The issue is who kept the money at the Ikoyi residence. The money was kept there by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi. No amount of blackmail, no amount of distraction will stop us from getting our money.”
Wike wondered why security intelligence works on opponents of the federal government, but when obvious corruption issues like the Ikoyi case pops up, where Billions of Dollars belonging to Rivers state have been found, the war on corruption is put on hold and diversionary maneuvers adopted.
Wike also said 70 and 80 percent of the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaigns in 2015 were sponsored using funds sourced by the state under the leadership of Rotimi Amaechi.
Vicar of Saint Peter’s Anglican Church, Rumuepirikom, Venerable Israel Omosioni said with the execution of several projects across the state by the state governor, additional funds will assist the governor achieve more for the people of the state.
He therefore prayed God to grant the request of Rivers people for the Ikoyi billions to be returned to the state coffers.