- Senator Oluremi Tinubu has given the assurance that President Muhammadu Buhari would not relent on his promise to clean up Ogoni
- She made the disclosure in Bera-Ogoni, Goka local government area of Rivers state during the Senate oversight function in the area
- She said President Buhari has been a man of his word and he will not renege on his promise
The chairman, Senate committee on environment, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, has assured the people of Ogoni that President Muhammadu Buhari will not relent on his promise to clean up the polluted environment in Rivers state.
The Nation reports that Tinubu gave the assurance in Bera-Ogoni, Goka local government area of the state, when the committee members were hosted by Senator Magnus Abe (Rivers southeast) in his country home.
Tinubu said: “The land that had been flowing with milk and honey, and I know you must have been taking fish from the rivers before, is no longer like that. Even your plants are not growing to the capacity that you would have wanted.
“I believe we have done much of agitation and sensitisation, and we know that lives have been lost in the struggle. The world has heard and we believe that Mr. President has also heard.
“With the confidence we have in President Buhari, I believe and pray he will not disappoint you. He has been a man of his word and we expect him to match his word with action. He has promised and I believe he will deliver to the latter.”
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The senator, however, urged those who instituted court actions that could affect the running of the clean-up to withdraw their cases from the courts.
She said: “We came here on oversight and investigative visit, just to see what is actually going on. We have read so much in the newspapers. Let the newspapers match what we are seeing. So, when we go back to the Senate, we have a better picture. Ogoni sons are occupying key positions in the clean-up process. So, Ogoni people are not in the gap about what is going on.
“Those who are in court would need to withdraw their cases because if a matter is in court, we cannot deal with it. We see a lot of interest groups and agitations.”
NAIJ.com had previously reported that Amnesty International urged Nigeria, Netherlands and the UK to investigate oil giant, Shell, over its alleged role in crimes committed in Ogoniland by the Nigerian military.
Shell reportedly lobbied government officials for military support, even after the security forces had carried out mass killings of protesters, and allegedly provided financial support to the military even when it knew that the military had carried out attacks against innocent villagers.
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