As the All Progressives Congress, APC, begin to allocate federal government appointments to the various geo-political zones, the Ogoni ethnic nationality is calling on the President-elect, General Muhhamadu Buhari to consider appointing one of their sons into ministerial position.
President of the Supreme Council of Ogoni Traditional Rulers, HRM, King Godwin Gininwa made the call when officials of the Association of Ogoni Oil Producing Communities Traditional Rulers Council, OPTRACON, paid him a courtesy visit at his palace in Koroma community, Tai local government area of Rivers State.
King Gininwa, who is also the Chairman, Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers said such appointment is necessary to drive the issues of development in Ogoniland.
He also called on Buhari to treat the Ogoni environmental issues with urgency, by implementing the United Nations Environmental Programme, UNEP, report in the area.
He said: “We appeal to General Buhari to as a matter of urgency, come and clean up Ogoniland within his first 100 days in office after which oil activities should resume in the land. We have suffered for so long.
“I am not only asking General Buhari to implement UNEP report, but to also recruit Ogoni indigenes into various jobs in his government. I have already told him that Ogoni people are honest and serviceable and will serve him well.
“Ogoni has oil but when you come into Ogoni you see nothing. We are appealing to our dear President-elect to try and help Ogoni people out from this poor state of life and environment, especially within your first 100 days in office.
“We have not been treated well as oil producing communities, but this time around, we want to be treated fairly. Ogoni people are impoverished today because of the poor treatment we received from SHELL.