1 June 2016
President Muhammadu Buhari is ready to pay a state visit to Rivers State, where he would flag off the clean up of Ogoni Land.
Residents of Ogoni Land are excited to receive the President, this was made known in a correspondence to the News Agency of Nigeria, by Fegalo Nsuke, the National Publicity Secretary of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, MOSOP.
He said: “Ogoni is agog; we are really ready for the inauguration of the clean-up by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday. I can assure you that for this particular event, the Ogoni’s are ready. Definitely, there will be peace in Ogoni land during the exercise.
“In fact, whoever would want to create a problem tomorrow, is simply somebody who does not want the progress of the Ogoni people.
“I can assure you that the entire Ogoni is prepared for the President. I don’t think that there is any honest and sincere Ogoni person, who would not want the President to come and inaugurate the clean-up.”
He spoke on the importance of the President’s visit, he said, “for me, it is a fulfillment of the sacrifices and pains over the years. It is actually an acknowledgement by the government and even the polluters that, indeed, what we have been saying all the while is just true. You know they tried to deny all of these issues.”
He added that “the United Nations Environmental Programme report shows that our claim is right and for us, it is a fulfillment for us that, indeed, the government is actually acknowledging that our struggle was justifiable.”