The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has commended President Muhammadu Buhari directives that an immediate clean-up of Ogoniland should be done in accordance with the report of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).
The party described the move as a step in the right direction, stating that despite being a Notherner, Mr. Buhari is a better son of the oil-rich Niger Delta region than his predecessor, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan who hails from the region
In a statement signed by the Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, on Friday in Port Harcourt, Rivers APC said the clean-up of Ogoniland by President Buhari, though not from the region, has proved that he is a better son of Rivers State and the Niger Delta than immediate past president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.
“The news of President Buhari not only directed the cleaning up of Ogoni land but also the fast-tracking of the process came to us as a great relief particularly considering the fact that former President Jonathan in demonstration of his hatred and disdain for Rivers State and her people ensured that this exercise did not see the light of the day throughout his regime,” Rivers APC said.
It insisted that “President Buhari has demonstrated by this act that he is a better son of Rivers State and the long-suffering Niger Delta than Dr. Jonathan and Chief Wike who, though from the region, instead teamed up to ensure that the region was under-developed and even ceded our oil wells to other states while also ensuring that no Federal Government presence was felt in Rivers State throughout,”
It commend and congratulated President Buhari “for this brave and patriotic step in cleaning up Ogoni land,” assuring him and the National APC Leadership that it would do everything constitutionally possible to get the impostor out of the Rivers State Government House.
“This development once again proves that Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi was very right in mobilising us and the entire Nigerians to vote for President Buhari during the March 28th, 2015 Presidential polls as President Buhari has proved that he is truly a God-Gift to Nigeria at this particular time to right the wrongs, injustice and wickedness Rivers State and Niger Delta suffered under the regime of Dr Jonathan Goodluck. River APC said.
Meanwhile, Amnesty International has warned that the attempt by the Federal Government to clean up oil spills in Niger Delta will fail unless Shell Petroleum Development Company, improves its mechanism and show increased commitment in tackling the issue.
President Mohammadu Buahri had given approval for the cleaning up of Ogoni land dented with oil spillage on Wednesday, 5th August, 2015.
The presidential directive followed the report of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) on the environmental restoration of Ogoniland.