Ex-Agitator Blame Ogoni Politicians Over Violence

An ex-Niger Delta agitator, Chief Solomon Ndigbara has accused Ogoni politicians of contributing to the violence rocking the area. This is as he appealed to the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike to caution politicians of Ogoni extraction, saying it would help end the spate of killings and destruction of property going on there.

Ndigbara spoke at his hometown, Yeghe in Gokana Local Government Area shortly after he showed newsmen an award bestowed on him by the Pan African International Magazine based in Accra, Ghana.

A letter of invitation addressed to Chief Ndigbara and signed by the Editor/Publisher of the Magazine, Prince David Anyia said the former agitator was an awardee of the Pan African International Awards 2019 in the Most Outstanding Peace and Community Development Personality of the Year category.

The letter made available to The Tide partly reads, “The management is aware of your abiding commitments to youth empowerment, peace and community in Nigeria. Indeed, your interventions on different occasions, have been most inspiring and impactful, especially on the African continent.”

Ndigbara condemned the violence by suspected cultists in some Ogoni communities, saying it was time measures were put in place to end the killings.
He said, “In the first place, any security agent that has stayed in Khana LGA for more than four years should be transferred. Also, the Governor of Rivers State should call all Ogoni politicians and caution them to remove their hands from what is going on,”.

While commending Governor Wike for the various measures he has put in place to end insecurity, he further appealed to him to deploy a special security team to crisis-ridden areas in Ogoni to monitor situations there.

On what impact the award will have on him, he expressed happiness especially as it came from outside the country, saying it will spur him to do more humanitarian works; pointing out that he has met with the Khana council boss on two occasions to interface with him on how to solve the cult-related crisis.

“I am very happy today because the award came from far away Ghana. In critical condition of Ogoni I was given award. If the people had paid heed to my advice all these crisis happening today would not have happened. My foundation for scholarship and empowerment will continue by the grace of God,” Ndibara said.

Ndigbara said he decided to speak on the insecurity in Ogoni because the killings were getting out of hand, adding that if politicians and the chiefs come together to say enough is enough in sincerity he would support them to bring peace in Ogoni land.