Port Harcourt – Sen. Magnus Abe has pledged to work with the Federal Government to clean up the Ogoni environment polluted by years of oil exploration, if re-elected.
Abe, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Rivers South-East Senatorial District in the legislative re-run election, made the pledge in a statement issued by his Spokesman, Mr Parry Benson, in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, to mark his 51st birthday.
He said in the statement that the implementation of the United Nations Environment Report (UNEP) on Ogoni land was a cardinal objective of the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government.
“I will do my best to work with President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the full implementation of the UNEP Report,” he said, adding that he would also redouble his effort in public service, if re-elected.
The statement said that Abe thanked his numerous well wishers, supporters and admirers who congratulated and rejoiced with him on his boirthday through personal visits, the mass and social media as well as prayers.
The statement quoted him as saying that he was humbled by the solidarity and support of the people, particularly the youths of his senatorial district.
“I will not let my constituents down for believing in me; the outpouring of love expressed by my people will make me to redouble my efforts in serving them selflessly and better.
“I chose not to celebrate the birthday in protest to the killings in Ogoni land.
“I urge the governor of Rivers, Chief Nyesom Wike, as the Chief Security Officer of the state, to live up to his responsibility in protecting lives and property,” Abe said in the statement.
The statement implored his supporters not to rest on their oars until the re-run elections were concluded and he emerged the winner.
“My celebration can only be delayed, it cannot be denied, for it is my destiny and no one, no power can steal my destiny or deny it.”
Abe further said that at 51, he would not deviate from his good upbringing, love for his people, and selfless service to God and humanity. (NAN)