Ogoni group lauds WIke over reconciliation calls


The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has expressed satisfaction over the extension of an olive branch by the re-elected Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, to all well-meaning leaders of all affiliations in the State for the development, progress and peace of Rivers State.

MOSOP in a statement made available to theportcitynews said it is deeply appreciative of the gesture and plea for reconciliation and forgiveness by the governor. It also urged all Rivers People to embrace the call for the good of Rivers State and her peoples.

According to the statement, “We also appeal to all Rivers people to accept the wind of reconciliation that is being blown by the governor and work together towards its actualization.

“Indeed, Rivers State has for long been on tenterhooks, making us all become a laughing stock in the comity of States in the country, all for the negative reasons.

“This call by the Governor is indeed redeeming and refreshing and is a needed tonic for brotherhood, peace and good neighbourliness.

“MOSOP, therefore, charges the Governor to match this call for reconciliation and forgiveness with clear and demonstrable actions by reaching out particularly to all leaders of political parties, groups, individuals and communities, who have been aggrieved in course of his governance and actions taken. One way the governor can demonstrate this is to ensure that a rainbow coalition of members is put in place in the constitution of a new cabinet in the State and immediately put in place machinery for addressing the situation of insecurity in communities currently ravaged by cult wars and other forms of violence.

“We believe that economic and social life will bounce back fully, people will be happy, and the State will become a centre of attraction to local and international tourists and development entrepreneurs as well as investors.

“On our part, we would remain committed to and supportive of any institutional, government or individual efforts aimed at giving our people sense of belonging and the masses pride of place,” it said.