Ogoni: Spate of Bombings Worries MOSOP
MOSOP in a statement by its President, Mr. Ledum Mitee called on the police and other law enforcement agencies to redouble their efforts to ensure the confidence of the society on their safety.
According to him, such violent acts were not only reprehensible but considered a form of political intimidation which also was an act of terrorism and therefore cowardly. Going down memory lane, Mitee recalled that it was the House of Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Austin Opara that was first attacked, then that of the Commissioner of Finance, Mr. Kenneth Kobani before the latest bombing of Barrister Okey Nzenwa's house this week.
The MOSOP leader said the chain was becoming too long and not tolerable which makes it imperative for the police and other law enforcement agencies to sit up and bring the situation under control.
"If we are to enthrone the needed stability and democratic consolidation in the country, which we all cherish, it must be absolutely essential that we demonstrably reject violence against perceived political opponents no matter how violently we disagree with their opinions, after all the beauty of democracy lies in tolerance of opposing views no matter how offensive they are.
"Bombing and assassination attempts and other forms of violent political intimidation are not only cowardly but also a condemned form of terrorism, which naturally deprives the perpetrator of a moral right to govern.
As we approach 2007 elections, we passionately appeal to the mass media to assist in this regard by refusing to highlight obvious provocative and libelous statements by politicians against each other, which are capable of fouling the political terrain", MOSOP said.
The House of Nzenwa was Sunday evening bombed by a group which said it was "Grand Alliance of Niger Delta", stating that he was close to the corridors of power.