Monday, November 9, 2015 9:17 pm
The chairman of the Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Felix Obuah says the Ogoni people deserve special commendation for their sacrifice and the role they played in paving way for the nation’s nascent democracy.
He made the assertion through a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam, to congratulate the Ogoni people on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the death of the renowned environmentalist, and Ogoni hero, Ken Saro Wiwa on 10 November 2015 and others who lost their lives for the sustenance of democracy in Nigeria.
According to Obuah, though the late Ken Saro Wiwa and others are dead, they still live on having left lasting legacy and everlasting memories “in our hearts.” He described the death of these Ogoni heroes as the seed of democracy and respect for humanity in Nigeria today.
Obuah also noted that it was in appreciation of the contributions and sacrifice of the Ogonis, that the State governor, Nyesom Wike renamed the State Polytechnic, Bori to Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic, Bori and appointed worthy Ogoni sons and daughters into positions of trust and responsibility in his administration.
He further commended the Ogoni people for their understanding, patience and love for Governor Wike as demonstrated by their massive votes for him in the last general elections.
The State PDP Chairman, urged the Ogoni people not to relent in their trust and support for Gov Wike, assuring that their great sacrifices and self denials for the progress and development of our State and country will never be in vain as their welfare will continue to be among Gov Wike’s top priorities.