King Giniwa expressed shock that Ogonis were neglected during the administration of Goodluck Jonathan.
King Godwin Giniwa, the president of the Ogoni Council of Traditional Rulers, has said that former president Goodluck Jonathan made a terrible “mistake” for ignoring the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report.
Daily Post reports that the traditional ruler of the Ogoni kingdom made his remark speaking during the launch of the Ogoni clean-up programme held in Gokana local government area of Rivers state.
King Giniwa expressed shock that Ogonis were neglected during the administration of the ex-president. Therefore, he called on the people of Ogoni to appreciate President Mohammadu Buhari who is keeping his promise.
“Many times, I met with the former president. And each time we met and he asked me what I wanted, I tell him to come and help us clean our land. But nothing was done. He is my son and I like him, but he made a big mistake. He made a mistake for ignoring the Ogoni people.
“But when I met with this current federal government led by Buhari, he gave me his word and here we are today.
“I want to appeal to you (federal government) to please employ our people. Please, appoint one of our own into your cabinet so we can feel your impact,” he said.
King Giniwa announced the installation of a chieftaincy title, Mene-Nuale, on President Buhari.
Meanwhile, Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of transport and former governor of Rivers state, also said that Jonathan always had deaf ears to the plight of the Ogoni people and the Niger Delta region in general.
Amaechi noted that he did everything within his power while he was the governor to make the former president implement the UNEC report on Ogoniland.