ABUJA — FORMER Minister of State for Education, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi, yesterday, took a swipe at Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, saying that oil and gas would last for another 100 years in the Niger Delta.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja, the former minister who described the Vice President’s visit as fruitless, said: “While we are looking for peace, the sensibility of Urhobo people should not be taken for granted. The Urhobo people have been taken for granted for too long in the scheme of things. A similar situation happened in 1971 when Gowon was to visit Midwest, now Edo and Delta States.
The Secretary then was an Iteskiri man and they crafted a similar visit to exclude the Urhobo nation. It is on record that the Urhobo hold the bedrock of gas companies, Otorobo, that is the major source of electricity in Nigeria today, talk less of all the oil wells, pipelines across the entire Urhobo nation. Urhobo, being the fourth largest nationality in Nigeria has been, for some time now, neglected and relegated to the background because of their peaceful nature.
“While it appears that trouble makers, violence and gun tooting get greater reward in Nigeria, the school of violence, agitations does not belong to any ethnic group. I see the visit of the Vice President as irresponsibly put together as it is not in the interest of the much desired peace. I congratulate the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom and all those who walked out from that gathering.
I am reliably informed that the programme which originally was to see the Vice President’s visit to Gbaramatu, the Olu of Warri and the visit to Ughelli where the oldest traditional ruler, the Owhorode of Olomu who is 100 years, resides, to host all the traditional rulers in conjunction with a meeting with the Vice President was truncated by the governor of the State and the deputy. We should root for genuine peace to support the good initiative of Mr. President and stop playing lip service or waste the economic base of Nigeria.”