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Published On: Thu, Oct 6th, 2016

Omo-Agege Under Attack over Comment on FG Non-Development of Niger Delta

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

LAGOS OCTOBER 6TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Senator representing Delta Central senatorial district, Delta State, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has come under attack by a group under the aegis of Niger-Delta Security Watch Organisation of Nigeria (NDSWON) over his comment that the people of Niger Delta region were the ones making it difficult for President Muhammadu Buhari to come out with his blueprint for the development of the region.
Reacting to Omo-Agege’s statement, NDSWON President, Barr. Dickson Bekederemo who said Omo-Agege was out of tune with the true realities in the Niger Delta region queried if the Senator is insinuating that it was the people of Niger Delta that made Mr. President not to make provision for capital projects in his 2016 budget for the region?
“Was it the people of the region that also made the president to categorically state that he will give the region five percent attention because they did not vote for him?
“It appears that our senator is out of tune with the current reality as it relates to the needs of the region, or he is blinded by his desire to further advance his personal political gains?
“Either way, we wish to educate our senator that the current crisis in the region is a direct response to the unguarded comments made by the president. The militants simply responded by saying, ‘Mr president, go and get your revenue from the North and use same to carry out your 97 percent development in the North.’
“If there is any one to be blamed for the renewed insurgency in the Niger Delta region, it is the president. We are disappointed by the attempt being made by our senator to divide the Niger Delta region along ethnic line.
“We remember quite well that in 2007, prior to the governorship election, the late Justice Omo- Agege, one of Niger Delta’s finest jurists, wanted to make his son, the now senator, governor of Delta State. Justice Omo- Agege did not assemble the Urhobo ethnic nationality.
“As a true son of the region, he went to visit Chief Edwin Clark, the leader of the region for his blessing, which the old man gladly gave and also moved in support. We find it difficult to believe that a man, who once enjoyed regional support for his failed governorship ambition could turn around to want to divide the region for selfish political interest.
“We urge Senator Omo-Agege to tread softly in his quest for political gains so as not to make his late father to become restless in his grave,” NDSWON said.

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