Afenifere, Ohanaeze, others reject Contoversial Water Resources Bill

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, warned the All Progressives Congress-led administration that no amount of force could subdue the people’s will.

Ohanaeze’s National Publicity Secretary, Prince Uche Achi-Okpaga, made this known to reporters on Tuesday. He said that Nigerians had rejected the bill and wondered why the government claimed that the bill was in the interest of the nation.

“We are not interested whether the eighth National Assembly rejected it or not. What we are saying is that Nigerians rejected it. The National Assembly, is it not the National Assembly of Nigeria? Nigerians have rejected the bill in its entirety.”

The spokesman for the Pan Niger Delta Forum, Ken Robison, also said, “Nigerians are against that bill. They (FG) are taking our crude oil and gas resources, they are taking our land. They want to take our waters. We will resist  it.”

The Middle Belt Forum lashed out at the Federal Government saying that going ahead with the water bill against the wish of Nigerians would be insensitivity of the highest order.

The National President of the Middle Belt Forum, Dr Bitrus Porgu,  who spoke to one of our correspondents in Jos on Tuesday reminded the Buhari-led regime that it would not stay in power forever

Berating the ministers, the spokesman for the pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin,  asked, “Are Lai Mohammed and Adamu more informed than Soyinka and all leading groups that have opposed the bill? It only shows the arrogance of the little men with big ego running Nigeria aground presently.

“The bill is a pernicious one in line with the divisive agenda of this government. For this government to still be insisting on going ahead with it, it  shows that this regime is not interested in things that can unite Nigerians but only surviving on our fault lines.”

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