Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has threatened to expose the people who surreptitiously stopped the release of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) loans to Abia and Benue states.
He said the motive was to punish Governors Okezie Ikpeazu and Samuel Ortom for standing with him to demand the resignation of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman Dr. Iyorchia Ayu.
Wike spoke on Tuesday evening during the 58th birthday celebration of Abia State Governor Ikpeazu at his country house in Umuobiakwa Community in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State Abia.
The Governor of Rivers State, who was the special guest of honor at the event, was accompanied by former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose,
He said, “I will tell you very soon how the money that was supposed to come into Abia State for my friend to use to develop Abia State was recently stopped by those who think they own this country, by those who think that Ikpeazu did not support them.
“Because Ikpeazu supported me, they went to stop Abia State from getting the money they are supposed to get to develop the Ariara market.
“Okezie Ikpeazu is only Governor of Abia State. He does not own Abia State. He is just a symbol of Abia State. Whoever fights Abia State, you are not fighting Okezie, you are fighting the people of Abia.
Wike explained that the CBN loan is a facility that is made available to each state in the federation. According to him, the Rivers State government had already secured and secured the loan.
He added, “I will tell you all how Abia and Benue states were denied the money that each state got from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
“I got it (CBN loan). And whoever dares to stop my money, they know, I won’t take it from them. You can see how bad people are, they are not in power yet, but they are fighting people, stopping states money.
“Even though we criticized President Muhammadu Buhari, he never stopped our money, ever.”
Wike frowned upon some Nigerians who always act as if they are masters of others and would stop at nothing to dare to treat people like slaves.
The Governor has stated categorically that no one can treat him like a slave because, as a Nigerian, he has the same citizenship status as all other Nigerians.
He said, “Let me tell you all here, let me take the opportunity and Nigerians will hear. I never told him I would say that. Why do some people think some of us are not Nigerians, some people think some of us are slaves. We would never be slaves. I will never be anyone’s slave.
Speaking further, Wike, who reaffirmed his position on the internal crisis within the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), said the demand from his allies was inclusiveness, in which every region is given a sense of belonging.
The governor stressed that this will then mean that when the decision is made, no one will see it or view it as sectional but representative, as neither the North nor the South will be excluded from such a process.
He said, “So I told Ikpeazu to keep quiet and be a proverb teacher. When we went to London he said to the person who called us to the London meeting, you see this thing happening to PDP now is like this ship that wanted to capsize carrying Jonah.
“So as the boat was sinking, they went to Jonas, who said it’s me, it’s not the boat, and they pulled Jonas out of the boat. Jonas didn’t die. The ship sank. is stabilized. So why not throw away this Jonah so the ship can stabilize?
In congratulating Dr. Ikpeazu, Wike praised the celebrant’s courage and foresight to establish a library that will serve as a resource center for scholars.
He inaugurated the library and donated 200 million naira.
The Governor declared his love for any form of contribution that is made to promote education issues and expressed his joy at what Governor Ikpeazu has done to immortalize his parents.
He said: “Part of the problem we have in our country is the lack of papers. We do not document events. As he (Gov Ikpeazu) said, if he doesn’t tell his story, other people will tell it in a bad way. So let it tell the story instead.
He reiterated that he does not associate with people who do not mean well for their people.
In his address, the Governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu expressed his joy that on the occasion of his 58th birthday, he was able to officially open a library in honor of his late father.
The Governor of Abia State said the Pa Ishmael Ikpeazu Library, among others, will house the Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu Institute of Scientific Leadership, which has launched the enrollment of 50 scholarship students, and a small museum family that has a collection of relics from the family blacksmith. inheritance.
He said, “Here today I stand in front of the Pa Ishmael Ikpeazu Memorial Library. This library is meant to reflect the ideals of my late father who was a teacher, who said that it is good to provide books for children as toys. If they read them, it’s good. If they tear some up during play, that’s fine, but always keep a book in the growing child’s environment.
For his part, the former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, noted how the library built by Governor Ikpeazu is sustainable as it will store knowledge archives from the past and serve as a research center, while connecting people across generations.