Warns against politicising Ogoni clean-up
Former Deputy Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Leyii Kwanee, has criticised Governor Nyesom Wike for attempting to politicise the ongoing UNEP clean-up of Ogoniland and challenged him to accede the 2019 governorship to the Ogoni to show he cared for them.
Reacting to Wikeâ€™s comment on the issue, Kwanee at a press briefing yesterday faulted Wikeâ€™s narrative, stating that the clean-up was a gradual process and that the President Buhari administration should be lauded for kick-starting the activity and encouraged to do more rather than being criticised.
Wike had claimed that the All Progressives Congress-led federal government was unserious with the clean-up of Ogoniland, when he met with members of the Senate Committee on Environment in Port Harcourt recently.
Kwanee noted that Wike who served as a member of former President Goodluck Jonathanâ€™s cabinet should have been able to push for the government to implement the clean-up if he had cared enough for Ogoni people and the effects of the pollution they had suffered for years.
â€œI feel disappointed that Governor Wike would even bring up the issue of the UNEP exercise in Ogoniland, not to talk of criticising the APC government over the process. He had the opportunity of making it happen when he was a Minister under President Jonathan, but he didnâ€™t move a limb.
â€œThe process may be slow but the implementation is on. The structure has been set up and I have had cause to visit the coordinator and he has high hopes that the project would be completed.
â€œNow that the current administration has embarked on the clean-up exercise, I think its best for everyone to support the project for the benefit of Ogoni people.
â€œIf his excellency is telling us that he cares about the Ogoni man, then he should accede the 2019 governorship ticket to an Ogoni man. That is the test of his love for our people,â€ he said.
Kwanee further called on all Ogoni people to support the APC because according to him, that is the way to go now.
â€œAt this point, it is very important for all of us to support the APC and I am calling on all Ogonis to support the APC under the leadership of Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. He is a great leader, and he has always had and still has the Ogoni project in his sight as well as all of Rivers state.