How political violence in Nigeria almost killed me – Oyamhendan Anthony

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By Albert Akota

It all started in 2013 when we formed a formidable force against the establishment of a political campaign group for the then president of Nigeria, President Jonathan Goodluck and that of his minister who was from our own town Uromi, Esan  North East local government of Edo state, Mike Onolemhenmhen.

According to the 18 years old Nigerian teenager, the then Minister of Works and Housing saw us as a threat to his boss because it was election year in Nigeria a d he was doing everything possible to chase the youths away from the state because various political parties have emerged to defeat his boss in the Presidential elections in 2015.

The minister hired some political thugs against us and they succeeded in driving us out of the state before the election which Jonathan Goodluck later lost to the present President of Nigeria,  Mohammedu Buhari.

The Minister and his boys were burning houses and our house was touched but spared  my mother just because she belong to the then ruling party Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) so first I went to Kano state Northern part of the country to live with my aunty who later called my mother to informed her I was staying with her in Kano state.

My mother who was afraid of my safety told my aunty what happened in my state and my local government, Esan North East of Edo state, she became  more afraid and she told me that I am no longer safe and call my uncle in Niger Republic.

After calling my uncle in Niger republic so I was opportuned to cross the border before I will get killed by the minister’s thugs, i spent two years and some months in Niger Republic doing farm work with my Muslim brothers who happened to been supportive, when I told one of them about my predicament who was closed to me that I got involved in the political crises in Nigeria.

He sympathised with me and introduced me to his friend who lives in Libya that was how I was able to find my way to Italy now France.

The name of the political  formidable force is Umhenbeta Blessed Senatorial Campaign Group you can check facebookumhenbetablessedsenatorialcampaigngroup to find out how we were carrying out our campaign activities in my community.

Destroyed house in the village

In a swift reaction, to the former Minister of Works and Housing, Special Assistant on Protocol, Mr Andrew Okpamakin said  it was a misunderstanding between the two groups in their quest for political supremacy, not necessary to kill any of our lovely youths.

“We were doing it peacefully to protect our political party but not to kill anybody or any of the youths.
“They were afraid due to the heat of the build up to the presidential election in Nigeria in 2015, many fled away from the community as well as some of our clients and members.

“We did not kill anybody or burnt houses. It was just peaceful demonstration ahead of the elections which is normal in Nigeria prior to any elections.

“You should know election in Nigeria is seen to be threat to many because every political parties want to win, it not new to us in Nigeria or Africa,” he said

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