Ogoni: Buhari Pledges to Address Niger-Delta Problems
The All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) Presidential Candidate, Major General Muhammadu Buhari has promised to address the neglect and marginalization of oil-producing communities of the Niger-Delta.
Buhari, who attributed the problems of the nation to high level of corruption, said it is unacceptable that the region which produces the resources that the country depends on is plagued by abject poverty.
The ANPP presidential candidate stated this in Port-Harcourt during the 15th Ogoni Day celebration organised by the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) at Bori.
Buhari, who was represented by Akin Mickat said, if elected as president, his administration would bring about peace, unity and development in the region.
According to him, he would improve agriculture, empower the region's restive youths and embark on rural infrastructural development in oil-producing communities.
Buhari who decried the increasing poverty and injustice in the area vowed to enthrone a government of justice and honesty come 2007, if voted as president.
The ANPP presidential candidate, who donated N1milion to the MOSOP Appeal fund said, if voted into power in 2007, he would engage the services of experts in solving the problems of injustice and environmental degradation in the region as to better the lives of the people in the rural communities.
He condemned the negative attitude of multinational oil companies operating in the region in handling problems confronting communities in the Niger-Delta.
Also speaking, chairman of the Ogoni traditional rulers, King Godwin Gininwa lauded the president of MOSOP, Mr. Ledum Mittee for his non-violent approach in tackling the problems of the Ogoni people.
King Gininwa said the council of traditional rulers would always support MOSOP in its struggle to make life better for the Ogoni people.
He charged Ogoni youths to shun violence and embrace dialogue in solving issues that are paramount to the people of Ogoni.
Said he: "Please do not use guns for the Ogoni struggle, because the use of guns would not help the agitation for the people".
He appealed to the people to always embrace peace and unity , rather than adopting violent approach in handling problems of national interest.