Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Niger Delta activist, Mrs. Annkio Briggs was yesterday verbally attacked by Ogoni indigenes and friends of Ogoni for speaking against the long awaited clean-up in the area.
The Minister of Environment Mrs Amina Mohammed in a recent visit to Ogoni land announced that President Mohammandu Buhari would soon visit the oil-rich environment to flag-off the 30- year -old Ogoni clean-up.
But Annkio in her interview granted recently in one of the popular radio stations in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital said Ogoni is not the only place affected with oil spill.
She said if President Buhari wants to solve the injustice in Niger Delta, he should consider other part of the region which has also being devastated abandoned following the activities of multi-national in the area.
But Mr. Celestine AkpoBari, Environmental Rights Activist and National Coordinator, Ogoni Solidarity Forum (OFS) yesterday said Annkio is one of the enemies of Ogoni people.
He accused her of being one of those who frustrated the inclusion of Ogoni indigenes in the amnesty deal, adding that it was the same negative feeling against Ogoni that made the former President Goodluck Jonathan to abandon Ogoni clean-up.
AkpoBari said: “The attention of Ogoni Solidarity Forum has been drawn to a statement made by Mrs. Annkio Briggs this morning on radio condemning the current effort being made to implement UNEP Report and asking whether it is only Ogoni that is polluted.
“It is sad that while well-meaning citizens of Nigeria and the world are sympathising with Ogoni people, Annkio is busy condemning the effort. This was the same reasons why Jonathan abandoned Ogoni clean-up. I want to let the world know that it was Annkio who prevented Ogoni people in the amnesty deal.”
Mr. Fyneface Dumnamene Fyneface, Director Project and Research Social Action, said, “We at Social Action who has been working assiduously with Ogoni people, MOSOP leadership and other local and international organizations to achieve the goal of implementation of UNEP Report are highly disappointed with the alleged statement accredited to Ankio.
“We agree with her that all part of the Niger Delta are polluted and need to be clean-up, but she should have known that Ogoni issue has been on before now. We advice her to apologise to Ogoni people and join hand with them to achieve the clean-up.”