Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has appointed Alhaji Abdulrazak
Deprieye as sole administrator of the state Muslim Pilgrims Welfare
Board.

A statement yesterday by his Special Adviser of Electronic Media,
Simeon Nwakaudu, said the appointment took immediate effect.

Wike had dissolved the board without giving any reason.

However, on Saturday, the Vice President-General of Jamaatu Nasril
Islam, (JNI), Alhaji
Abubakar Orlu, has explained why Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike,
suspended the state's Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board.

Alhaji Orlu said it was because of alleged fraudulent activities and
the unsatisfactory manner the board was being run.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the JNI chieftain disclosed that
some fraudulent persons had in the past hijacked hajj seats in Rivers
State to other states.

Last July, Wike had claimed that Rivers was a Christian state.

“I heard that some people are angry that I declared Rivers as a
Christian State. With what happened on March 9, 2019, it re-emphasized
my conviction that Rivers is a Christian State. Nobody can intimidate
me into changing my position.

“I will not disappoint the Church. I will continue to support the
Church. When people who think that they are God came, Christians stood
firm and showed that Rivers State is a Christian State,” the governor
had asserted at a thanksgiving.

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