by ‘Jola Sotubo
Senator Magnus Abe,who is recovering after being shot at a rally in Rivers has condemned the attack against him and his supporters.
The senator expressed his outrage at the incident in a letter written to the Senate President, David Mark.
Senator Abe was hit with a rubber bullet when police officers invaded the rally organized by the Save Rivers Movement in the state capital, Port Harcourt, last week.
According to SaharaReporters:
In a statement signed by his spokesperson, Honour Sirawoo, Senator Abe (Rivers South-East Senatorial District) lamented that instead of implementing the UNEP report on Ogoniland, the Federal Government choose to arm youths with guns worth millions to kill fellow human beings.
He expressed gratitude to friends, well-meaning individual Nigerians and groups for their support following his ordeal, and thanked them for their prayers, phone calls, solidarity messages and support, praying to God for their protection in these dangerous times.
Having faced violence before and emerged victorious, he called for forgiveness as well as focus on set goals, stressing that the law as impossible as it may look today, will one day take its course.
“Every gun has a life span of over a hundred years, our politics may change,” he said. “As today’s friends become opponents tomorrow, the guns will also change hands; but they will still remain lethal, even against their present owners.”
Abe, who is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) maintained that rather than encourage violence in order to gain relevance in politics, he will continue to arm his supporters, just like his children, with school fees, laptops, prayers and the fear of God.
See part of the letter below:
Sen. Magnus Abe, am ashamed dat an honourable member like u lies witout looking back. Ur action was quite dramatic like d nollywood of old. Am sorry 4 u
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