N78.9 billion refund: Wike thanks Buhari, invites him to Rivers


Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has sent an appreciation message to President Muhammad Buhari after the Federal Government approved the release of 78.9 billion which represents funds used in executing Federal roads in the state.

Wike, a regular critic of Buhari’s administration had in a letter titled ‘Thank You Our Dear President’ which he personally signed praised the president for demonstrating love for the people of Rivers State.

He wrote “I wish to on behalf of the Government and people of Rivers State appreciate and most sincerely thank you for graciously approving the refund of the sum of 78.9 billion naira to Rivers state Government, as cost of the execution of Federal Government Road projects in Rivers State.

“Let me also through you thank the vice president, His Excellency Professor Yemi Osinbajo GCON as well as other members of the Federal Executive Council for the support they provided for our request.

“Mr President has by this remarkable and heart-warming gesture shown not only your love for the Government and people of Rivers State but also demonstrated expressly that you are indeed a President of every state of the Federation and Nigerians.

“I assure you that Rivers State Government is willing and ever ready to cooperate and partner with the Federal Government to advance the development aspirations of Rivers State in particular and our nation in general.

“I wish to, therefore, appeal to Mr President to kindly obliged us a State visit when invited to see what we have accomplished for the state and our people with the money”.

“Once again, thank you Mr President, and please, be assured of our profound esteem, as always”.