Ikoyi Billions: Governor Wike Urges Rivers Christians to Pray for God’s Intervention

Ikoyi Billions: Governor Wike Urges Rivers Christians to Pray for God’s Intervention
Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
 
In a move to ensure  that the Federal Government returns the  $43million dollars  found in a luxury apartment in Ikoyi to the Rivers State Government, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Easter Sunday took the matter to God, asking Rivers Christians to aggressively  intercede in prayers.
 
Speaking  during Easter Church Service at Saint  Peter’s Anglican Church in Rumuepirikom, Governor Wike 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 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.”
 
Governor Wike stated that contrary to the false propaganda being peddled by the embattled Minister of Transportation, 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. 
 
He 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.”
 
The governor emphasised that: “No amount of blackmail, no amount of distraction will stop us from getting our money. “
 
He said that between 70 and 80 percent of the APC  Campaigns in 2015 were sponsored using funds sourced by the Rivers State Government  under the leadership of Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation. 
 
Speaking further,  Rivers State Governor said that the idea of the  selective  war of 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 Rivers State  have been found, the war on corruption  is suspended and diversionary  tactics adopted.
 
Vicar of Saint Peter’s Anglican Church, Rumuepirikom, Venerable Israel Omosioni prayed 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 will assist  Governor Wike  achieve more for the people of the state.