Wike to Christians: Pray for the release of Ikoyi billions to Rivers

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, Sunday, urged Christians to pray for the release of the mysterious cash discovered in a luxury apartment at House 6, Osbourne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos to Rivers State government.

According to the reports of The Nation, Wike took the case to God during the Easter Sunday Service at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Rumuepirikom, in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

Wike said the church has a responsibility to pray that God touches the Federal Government of Nigeria to return the money to the coffers of state, because the money belongs to Rivers government.

He 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 governor refuted that contrary to an allegation by the embattled Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, he has not declared war on the Federal Government, but that his administration was simply requesting the return of funds belonging to the state.

Wike said: “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.”

He alleged that between 70 and 80 per cent of the APC Campaigns in 2015 were sponsored using funds sourced by the Rivers State Government under the Amaechi, as his predecessor.

Speaking further, Wike said that the idea of the selective anti-corruption war will be counter-productive.

He wondered “why security intelligence works on opponents of the Federal Government, but when glaring corruption issues pop up like the Ikoyi case, where billions of dollars belonging to Rivers State have been found, the war on corruption is suspended and diversionary tactics adopted.”

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