Name governors stealing local government allocations – Wike challenges Buhari

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to name the governors he accused of embezzling local government allocations.

President Buhari had at the parley with members of the Senior Executive Course 44 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), on Thursday, alleged that governors were stealing funds meant for local governments.

But speaking at the commissioning of the Mgbuosimini internal road project in Port Harcourt, Rivers capital, on Friday, Wike challenged Buhari to name those he claimed were diverting local government funds.

He Wike claimed that he has never touched monies meant for the local government since he came on board in 2015, adding that Buhari’s comment could be termed as defamation.

Wike said ” I challenge Mr. President, you must come out and tell Nigerians those committing this offence.

“You said the Governors are taking local government funds. I want to say, in the name of Almighty God, I’ve never touched local government funds one day. I have never and I have no reason to do that.

“So Mr President, tell us who are those people? You know them, tell us.

“I’m not one of those governors. Mr President tells Nigerians that the Integrity Governors are not part of them.

“Do us a favour to announce all those states that are taking local government funds”.