Written By Dan Osaro
The planned trip of President Muhammadu Buhari to Rivers State to launch the cleanup of Ogoni land, polluted by years of oil exploration and production, has been cancelled.
“Femi Adesina will issue a statement shortly,” a source said who declined to be identified because he was not permitted to talk to the media.
The clean up of the heavily polluted Ogoni land was recommended by the United Nation Environmental Programme, UNEP, in its report in 2011.
The president’s special adviser on media and publicity, Mr. Adesina, could not be immediately reached. His telephone was switched off the multiple times our reporters called.
Two insiders at the State House suggested Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will represent Mr. Buhari at the event. But even that could not immediately be confirmed.
The president’s cancelled the event even when his advanced team had already arrived Ogoni.
It is the second time in less than two weeks that Mr. Buhari would cancel a scheduled event outside Abuja.
On the night of May 22, the President suspended his scheduled official visit to Lagos State fixed for the morning of Monday, May 23, citing “scheduling difficulties” as reason.
Mr. Osinbajo was then detailed to proceed to the nation’s commercial capital to represent Mr. Buhari at the planned presidential working visit.
This is a big disappointment on the capacity of the office of the President, to have cancelled his trip to ogoni land because of Niger Delta Avengers who warned him never to come to Ogoni land.
Buhari has gone to over 29 countries in the world but couldn’t afford to visit 9 states in Nigeria.
Calabar trip cancelled, Lagos trip cancelled and Rivers trip cancelled. What a shameless greedy old foolish president we have.
It’s seems to the general public Mr President lacks the intellectual capacity to drive a 21st century national economy. He has nothing to offer! It is as simple as that!
President Buhari shouldn’t have agreed to contest last election considering his age. A President must be sensitive to the plight of his people otherwise refusing to go to Ogoniland will always be the consequence.
It is a shame to have such a President who does not understand his own country but finds safe heavens abroad.
If the Niger Delta Avengers can stop Buhari as a sitting President to visit Niger Delta then there is need for concern. But making Nigeria ungovernable, now is the reap of seed some people sowed.
It has become obvious now that Nigeria’s security outfit remains pitiable. So they only know how to kill innocent unarmed people, not even capable of safe guarding Buhari? Wahala dey oo.
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