Wike clarifies comments on 13% derivation money

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has said he never said other Niger Delta governors should show proof of what they have done with their states’ share of the 13% derivation money allegedly paid by President Muhammadu Buhari.

POLITICS NIGERIA reports that the money had been unpaid since 1999.

This newspaper understands that Wike’s revelation that President Buhari approved and paid the arrears to Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo and Akwa Ibom states had unsettled South-South governors.

Speaking on Monday during the inauguration of the Mgbuitanwo internal road in Emohua Local Government Area (LGA) of Rivers State, Governor Wike stated that he only expressed his gratitude to President Buhari for releasing the money, which has helped him to execute a plethora of projects in the State.

“I never said people should account for their money. I never said so to anybody. All I said is people should thank Buhari for me, for giving me money to do all these projects. That’s all I said.

“If you people are interpreting a different thing that is your own business. Is it wrong to thank somebody who has done well for you?” the Rivers governor said.

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