The Governor of Rivers State, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike has finally appointed Alhaji Abdulrazak Deprieye as sole administrator of the state Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board following its earlier dissolution due to alleged fraudulent activities.
Simeon Nwakaudu who is the Special Adviser on Electronic Media issued a statement yesterday saying the appointment took immediate effect.
The Vice President-General of Jamaatu Nasril Islam, (JNI), Alhaji Abubakar Orlu said the reason for the suspension 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.