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At Saro-Wiwa’s 26th memorial thanksgiving, cleric tasks Ogoni on justice

By Idara Akaniyene
09 November 2021   |   3:33 am
In what appears as the icing on the 26th memorial thanksgiving of the late environmental activist and author, Ken Saro Wiwa, the General Overseer of Gospel Power Assembly, Dr. Friday Bekee, has called on Ogoni people to seek justice and move against oppressors of the country.

In what appears as the icing on the 26th memorial thanksgiving of the late environmental activist and author, Ken Saro Wiwa, the General Overseer of Gospel Power Assembly, Dr. Friday Bekee, has called on Ogoni people to seek justice and move against oppressors of the country.

During a thanksgiving on Sunday in Lagos, the cleric urged the departed activist’s kinsmen and women to work closely with others tribes in the Niger Delta to achieve their dream.

Bekee noted that injustice was not limited to the Ogoni people, hence the entire oil-rich region must collaboratively fight for fairness and equity.

He regretted that Nigeria’s abundant natural and human resources notwithstanding, the minority groups had witnessed untoward deprivation.

The problem in the country, he pointed out, centred on injustice, adding: “The way out of injustice is justice. The only way out is by doing the right thing.”

Bekee continued: “As a pastor, I am looking at it from two dimensions even when there are several dimensions to the issue. The two dimensions include spiritual and physical.”

“There are things that we do that can move God and enable God to do what He wants to do. They are also things that we do that will disable God to do what He wants to do.

“Spiritual things operate in the atmosphere. When a nation retards in spiritual atmosphere, then it is giving room for Satan to operate. That is why wherever there is injustice, there will be sorrow, as the Satan operates in that kind of atmosphere.

“But when there is justice, it will create an atmosphere for God to release His blessings. Nigeria is blessed, Nigeria is endowed, but how can we continue to live in penury? This is because we have given Satan the opportunity to operate and bringing all kinds of curses upon the nation. So, the way out of injustice is justice.”

Earlier, Chairman, Ogoni Welfare Association (OWA) Lagos, ThankGod Meekor, said the yearly event had achieved impact since inception.

He stated that Ogoni leaders had been able to engage the political leaderships at the local, state and national levels on addressing injustice and other germane issues impeding the development of the region.

Meekor added that his people had consistently related favourably with diverse Niger Delta groups and other smaller ethnic nationalities in Nigeria.