Buhari Rivers APC praises President over clean-up of Ogoniland

The Rivers APC made its comments via a statement issued by its chairman, Davies Ibiamu Ikanya today.

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has praised President Muhammadu Buhari over plans to begin the clean-up of Ogoniland today, May 2, 2016.

The Rivers APC made its comments via a statement issued by its chairman, Davies Ibiamu Ikanya today.

The statement reads:

“It is with utmost pride and joy that we heartily welcome His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, to our dear State to flag-off the clean-up of Ogoniland in keeping with the UNEP Report. The date 2nd June, 2016 will ever remain historical, epochal and remarkable in the life of every Ogoni son and daughter as well as every Rivers son and daughter as it was the day on which President Buhari once more proved himself as a man of principle, credibility and integrity.

“This struggle started by our brother, Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa, Africa’s greatest human and environmental rights activist of international repute, and for which he gave his life, is today fulfilled before our eyes through the efforts of another great son of Ogoni, Senator Magnus Abe.

“Ironically, a Niger Deltan who should have better understood the lugubrious reality of oil pollution on the environment, health and lives of the people was the President of Nigeria at the time the UNEP Report on Ogoniland was published.

“Sadly, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, for reasons best known to him, simply looked the other way in spite of repeated pleas from Ogoni leaders as hydrocarbon pollution continued to wreck lives and livelihood in Ogoniland. Today, June 2, 2016 President Muhammadu Buhari, a Fulani from Daura in Katsina State in Northern Nigeria, will be the one to fulfill the dream of the Ogoni people.

“Finally, we urge Ogoni and Rivers State people to be respectful and peaceful during Mr. President’s historical visit and don’t for any reason allow Wike’s pranks and plots to frustrate the event to succeed.”

Meanwhile, Buhari has cancelled his visit to Ogoniland and is now being represented by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

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