By Levi Obijiofor
The presidential and National Assembly elections conducted last Saturday, February 23, 2019, were a sham. The headlines tell the sad story of a nation whose citizens lined up to participate in important national elections but found to their dismay the outbreak of warfare, extreme violence, callous killings, open snatching of ballot boxes, free transportation of ballot papers already thumb-printed, and exchange of angry words by voters. Why is it difficult for Nigeria to organise credible and peaceful elections that African countries conduct without too much fighting or spilling of blood? We are we a democratic country in name only.
The Ogoni ethnic nationality took Nigerians and indeed the world by surprise when in 1993 Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People-MOSOP was launched. Formation of this Socio-Cultural organization and launching of her Bill of Rights with appeal to the International Community for intervention no doubt heightened insecurity in the place.
Promise, in the context of this write-up, could be said to be an offer of inducement by the seeking party to the other party soliciting cooperation and assistance in a deal.
First of all, let me on behalf of the Government and people of Rivers State express my heartfelt condolences to the families of all those that were murdered by the army and the APC thugs before, during and after the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections in Abbonnema, Obonnoma, Asarama and other communities in Rivers State. May their innocent souls rest in perfect peace.