The senator representing Rivers South-east senatorial district in the National Assembly, Magnus Abe, who was shot with a rubber bullet by the police at a Save Rivers Movement (SRM) rally in Port Harcourt over a week ago, has finally broken his silence.
In a statement released yesterday, Abe expressed gratitude to friends, well-meaning individuals, groups and indeed Nigerians for their prayers, phone calls, solidarity messages and support, and prayed God to protect them at these dangerous times.
He condemned last Sunday’s attack on supporters of Governor Chibuike Amaechi at Bori, alleging that rather than implement the UNEP report on Ogoniland, the federal government chose to arm youths with guns worth millions to kill fellow human beings.
“Every gun has a life span of over a hundred years, our politics may change. As today’s friends become opponents tomorrow, the guns will also change hands; but they will still remain lethal, even against their present owners,” he said.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) maintained that, rather than encourage violence to gain relevance in politics, he would continue to arm his supporters, just like his children, with school fees, laptops, prayers and the fear of God.