In a move to ensure that the federal government returns the $43 million found in a luxury apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos state to Rivers state, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Easter Sunday took the matter to God, asking resident Christians to aggressively intercede in prayers.
Wike believes the recovered fund was part of the money looted by former Governor Rotimi Amaechi, now the minister of Transport under President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking during Easter church service at Saint Peter’s Anglican Church in Rumuepirikom, Governor Wike said that Christians have a responsibility to pray that God touches the federal government of Nigeria to return the money to the coffers of Rivers, because the money belongs to the state government.
“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,” Wike said in a statement.
In the statement released by Simeon Nwakaudu, the governors special assistant on electronic media, Wike stated that contrary to the false propaganda being peddled by the embattled Amaechi, he (the governor) has not declared war on the federal government, but that the Rivers state government was simply requesting the return of funds belonging to the state.
“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,” the governor said adding that between 70 and 80 percent of the members of the All Progressives Congress campaigns in 2015 were sponsored using funds sourced by the Rivers state government under the leadership of Rotimi Amaechi.
Speaking further, Wike said that the idea of the selective war on corruption will not help development in the country.
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 the state have been found, the war on corruption is suspended and diversionary tactics adopted.
The vicar of Saint Peter’s Anglican Church, Rumuepirikom, Venerable Israel Omosioni, prayed to God to grant the request of Rivers people for the Ikoyi billions to be returned.
He said with the execution of projects across the state by Governor Wike, additional funds would assist him to achieve more for the people of the state.
The church resolved to start the prayers, which would be sustained till the funds are returned.