Ogoni crisis: Why Rivers residents are disappointed with Wike's visit to Yeghe

- The residents of Rivers state criticised Governor Nyesom Wike’s visit to Yeghe and Bori communities

- According to the local people, the governor should have also visited the burnt senatorial office of Magnus Abe

- Some residents, however, noted that the most important thing is that Wike has accepted to look into the matter and to compensate the affected families

The residents of Rivers state has criticised Governor Nyesom Wike’s visit to Yeghe and Bori communities.

According to the disappointed residents, the governor should have visited the burnt senatorial office of Magnus Abe to show concern to all parties affected in the crisis.

The governor and Musa Kimo, the Rivers state commissioner of police, visited the Yeghe community in Gokana local government area of the state and affected communities in Bori and Mortuaries on Thursday, February 25. However, they did not visit the burnt Magnus Abe’s senatorial office.

In a statement issued by Simeon Nwakaudu, the special Assistant to the Rivers state governor on electronic media, Wike accused some politicians of deliberately instigating crisis in the state.

Speaking with The Nation, some local residents noted that the governor should have used his visit to make peace and calm down the youths of the area instead of accusing some politicians.

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Paul Onyedi, business man, said that Wike visited Ogoni as politician and not as the state’s governor.

“What happen has happened the kind of statement credited to the governor of Rivers state would only worsen the situation in Ogoni. I was expecting him to visit the place and also try to visit the burnt senatorial office of Magnus Abe, not as party man but as governor of Rivers state,” he said.

According to Akwubi Mathew, a community leader, the only way out is to forget about politics for now.

“The killing that took place in Ogoni was between armed militants and the military, for now we don’t know who is responsible for the killing but let there be peace,” he added.

Rita Ndabari, an Ogoni woman, noted that the most important thing is that the governor has accepted to look into the matter and to compensate the affected families. However, she expressed regret that Wike did not visit affected people who are not members of his party.

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“Rivers state is one, Ogoni is one, there is no death that is especial, those who are not members of the PDP that are affected were not considered on the governor’s visit. If we really want peace in Ogoni land and Rivers State as whole, then we must see everybody as one,” she said.

Speaking with journalists, Celestine Akpo Bari, the national coordinator of Ogoni Solidarity Forum, condemned the killing in Ogoni land. She said the insecurity in the area was because some politicians distributed arms to jobless youths during the 2015 election in the area.

Meanwhile, The Nigerian army has recently made a statement where it revealed the details of its operation in Yeghe community.

Brig.-Gen. Stevenson Olabanji, the commander of the 2 Brigade of the Nigerian army in Port Harcourt, said that there was no loss of life during the incident, adding that the army was currently conducting a stabilisation operation in the area.

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