Rivers Will Not Stop Sponsorship Of Pilgrims To Israel, Saudi Arabia – Wike

NYESOM WIKEGovernor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has said his administration will continue sponsorship of Christian and Muslim Pilgrims to their respective Holy lands.
He made the pledge during the inauguration of the State Christian and Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards in Port Harcourt, the state capital on Sunday.
Wike explained that the dwindling state resources was not an excuse to stop sponsoring Nigerians, adding that pilgrimage was necessary for spiritual growth of the people.
“Rivers government will continue to sponsor pilgrims in view of the importance Nigerians place on their religious faith.
“However, the number of people to be sponsored on pilgrimages would be reduced in line with dwindling state resources.
“My administration will continue to promote religious harmony and support Muslims because of our belief in religious diversity”, he said.
The governor, however, urged the boards to be prudent with resources and work hard to avoid financial scandal.


  1. It’s a shame that the first order of business for Governor of river state is to sponsor people who are on a personal journey to where ever they want. my question is will the state also sponsor people who want to travel overseas for what ever purpose and what benefit is the governor personally deriving from these Pilgrims because I know that the state is not benefiting in any way. or is he helping his personal friends who helped put him in office like Patient Jonathan. He should learn from his counterpart from the North (El-Rufai) who stopped the senseless act of wasting state money in the of sponsorship. I understand that Rivers have excess fund from oil allocation but do you know that oil prices is n no longer at all time high. Nigeria is broke, Jonathan and his associates bankrupted the country before leaving office and is no longer business as usual. please use the money to provide good roads and jobs to the people of Rivers state. State fun is not yours nor your families to do as you wish. Be wise and sensible unlike your predecessors. The oil money will not flow for ever use it wisely when available.


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