[Rivers]–Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, the Rivers state Governor yesterday asked Rivers christians to aggressively intercede in prayers for the return of the $43.4m, £27,800 and N23.2m cash recovered by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at Osborne Towers, in Ikoyi, Lagos.
The governor who spoke during Easter church service at Saint Peter’s Anglican Church in Rumuepirikom,said that the church has a responsibility to pray that God touches the federal government of Nigeria to return the money to the coffers of Rivers State, because the money belongs to Rivers State government.
He clarified that contrary to the false propaganda being peddled by the embattled Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, he has not declared war on the Federal Government, but the Rivers state government was simply requesting the return of funds belonging to the state.
“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.
“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 added.
The governor also alleged that almost all the money used by for the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaigns in 2015 were sourced from the state during the administration Rotimi Amaechi.
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.
It should be remembered that Mr. Ayodele Fayose, the Ekiti State Governor, has also alleged that the Federal Government and EFCC are conspiring to sweep the matter of $43.4m, £27,800 and N23.2m cash recovered at Osborne Towers in Lagos under the carpet.
He added that “If truly the NIA was carrying out a “covert operation” as claimed, was President Muhammadu Buhari not briefed of the so-called “covert operation” when he took over power?” THE PAGE reported.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg