BREAKING NEWS! Buhari cancels trip to Rivers for Ogoni cleanup

BREAKING NEWS! Buhari cancels trip to Rivers for Ogoni cleanup


The planned trip of President Muhammadu Buhari to Rivers State to launch the cleanup of Ogoni land, polluted by years of oil exploration and production, has been cancelled, Premium Times has reported.

According to Premium Times, Multiple sources at the presidential villa revealed on Thursday that the president had not left the State House as he not prepared to go.

“Femi Adesina will issue a statement shortly,” a source who declined to be identified because he was not permitted to talk to the media, said, referring to one of the president’s spokespersons.

The clean up of the heavily polluted Ogoni land was recommended by the United Nation Environmental Programme, UNEP, in its report in 2011.

Another Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said he could not comment on the development.

The president’s special adviser on media and publicity, Mr. Adesina, could not be immediately reached. His telephone is switched off.

Two insiders at the State House suggested Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will represent Mr. Buhari at the event. But even that could not immediately be confirmed.

Laolu Akande, the spokesperson to Mr. Osinbajo could not be reached for comments. His known telephone line failed to connect the several times our reporter called.


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