Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, former Senator who represented Rivers South/East in the National Assembly, as well as former Board member who represented the South/South region, in the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd, NNPC Board, has joined Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, to reiterate the need for Ogoni’s to work together in their own interest.
Senator Abe, in a widely circulated statement in reaction to Governor Wike’s clarion call for the Ogoni’s to be more united in fighting for and protecting and promoting their interests, during his address at the Ogoni Day 2022 celebration, noted, amongst other things, that what the Rivers Governor said is not different from what other Ogoni leaders have said in the past, including late Ken Saro Wiwa, who described the pull him Down syndrome in Ogoni as crab mentality.
Senator Abe’s Statement reads in full:
I am grateful to the Governor not just for the positive comments he made about my person but for the spirit in which he spoke to the Ogoni people, as a serving Governor He is part and parcel of every tribe in the state.
His presence at the Ogoni day event and his evident commitment to building unity among the Ogonis is commendable.
What the Governor said is not different from what other Ogoni leaders have said in the past including late Ken Saro Wiwa, who described the pull him Down syndrome in Ogoni as crab mentality.
For the Ogoni people, the real challenge after all said is “what can we do better or what can we do differently?”
I continue to appeal to everyone to think and act, there must be something each one of us can do to make things better, for example we can all resolve not to take disagreements amongst us as leaders to the public arena, and we can also try to forgive one another when we are offended.
Rivers people are great people, we have long history of standing by one another, Ogoni day as always was a great opportunity to celebrate our unity and strength. I extend my appreciation to all other ethnic groups in the state who came to Bori to felicitate with the Ogoni people.
Finally 2015 and 2019 cannot be the same as 2023, I have not declared any ambition for 2023, I must consult widely and honestly review the political situation in the state and the nation before I take any major decision.
For now let us melembe, enjoy the new year and show love all around.