Wike says $1bn ECA insurgency fund illegal –Wike

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 Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Friday described as illegal the recent approval by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum for the Federal Government to withdraw $1bn from the Excess Crude Account to fight insurgency.
Wike stated this in an interview with State House correspondents shortly after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said although he was in support of the fight against insurgency, the approval remained illegal.
The governor said, “For me, it (the approval) is illegal. However, we are talking about fighting insurgency and no right thinking individual will say that he will not support the government to fight insurgency.

“But on the other hand, I believe that we have been talking about the environmental issues in the Niger Delta, particularly in Ogoni land.
“I believe that we can also take the same money from the excess crude account to fund the problem in Ogoni land and other Niger Delta areas. That is my position.”
The governor disclosed that his discussion with the President bordered on security and other developmental issues in his state.
“I’m happy with the discussion and I believe that something has to be done about (security) in it.
“(It was) nothing political, just security issues that affects the state and things that may lead to the breakdown of law and order.
“We talked about security challenges and he received me very well. We don’t have any bad relationship, I come here when he asks me to come,” he said.
On the allegation that he manipulated the Peoples Democratic Party’s national convention to install his candidate as chairman of the party, Wike said it was impossible for an individual to install a party chairman in the country.

“It is impossible for one person to own a party,” he said.

According to him, the PDP will continue to win elections in the state.

He said, “Take my state, for example, we are sure that the PDP will win elections any day, anytime. There is no level of blackmail; there is no level of intimidation that will stop us from winning in the state. So I believe that other people working hard in their states should be able to deliver them to the PDP in future elections.”


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