MAGNUS Ngei Abe, a senator and a senate candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the Rivers South East senatorial district re-run election, has urged factional leaders of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOP, to come together and allow elders of Ogoni ethnic nationality to help resolve the current crisis rocking the group.
Speaking at a forum organised by Kono Youths Vanguard in Kono Community in Khana Local Government Area, Abe said that he had been inundated with calls from Ogoni elders for the need to resolve the crisis so it would not degenerate into violence.
The senator said this was not the time to apportion blame to anybody but rather for all hands to be on deck to settle the crisis. He, therefore, appealed to the factional leaders to allow the elders to resolve the misunderstanding.
Abe stated that Ogoni People should not allow the MOSOP to die, arguing that the group alone could provide identity, focus and mobilisation for the cause of Ogoni land. He reminded that in the past the MOSOP had a similar crisis and was able to resolve it. He, therefore, expressed optimism that the current crisis would also be resolved amicably.
The senator also took a swipe at Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, accusing him of neglecting of Ogoni land. He, therefore, appealed to Ogoni people to keep on supporting the APC as adequate transformation of Ogoniland could only be attained through federal and state development efforts.
“Since the last government, there is no development project going on anywhere in my Senatorial District.
“And there is nobody in Rivers State who will not say that a change is not only desirable but it’s imperative. We cannot continue to live in insecurity and under a government that will not spend one kobo on development projects. We are waiting for Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside”. Abe said.
The senator also urged the youths in the state to continue to be law abiding and shun violence especially during and after the forthcoming state and National Assembly re-run elections in the state.
— Jan 18, 2016 @ 18:50 GMT