The apex mass-based organization of the Ogoni people, MOSOP, on behalf of the entire Ogoni nation wishes to express our deep shock over the news of the death of Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr.
In a related development, The MOSOP President has urged Ogoni youths to shun violence and continue to work in the best interest of the Ogoni.
Addressing members of The National Youth Council of Ogoni People (Nyokuru Chapter) in his office today, Pyagbara noted that peace was necessary for the smooth implementation of the Ogoni UNEP report which is currently a priority of the Ogoni people.
It has been 21 years since the first President of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) Ken Beeson Saro-Wiwa, was tried by a special military tribunal for allegedly masterminding the grisly murder of Ogoni chiefs at a pro-government meeting, and hanged in 1995 by the military junta of late Gen. Sani Abacha.
A coalition of Ogoni youth leaders has demanded the appointment of an indigenous project manager for the implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme’s recommendation on Ogoni clean-up.
King Bubaraye Dakolo, the monarch of Ekpetiama Kingdom in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, has attributed the widespread oil spills and environmental pollutions in the Niger Delta to the weakness of regulatory agencies of the Federal Government.
For the past few years, acts of violence by the Islamic fundamentalist sect Boko Haram have been the predominate focus of American media coverage on Nigeria. What has flown under the American media’s radar, however, is the resurgence of ethnic militant groups in Nigeria’s largest oil producing region, the Niger River Delta. Many of these groups, such as the newly formed Niger Delta Avengers, have launched large-scale attacks on commercial pipelines and oil platforms. Most notably, one of these offensives managed to force Chevron to close an offshore platform back in May. These groups thus pose a significant threat to both public and private regional interests, the majority of which are vested in the oil industry.
The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) wishes to express its strong condemnation of last Monday's assassination of former councilor of Gokana Local Government Area, Hon. Boris Neenwi and three others in Nonwa, Tai Local Government Area, Rivers State.
Our attention has been drawn to a current radio new broadcast on rhythm 93.7 stating that the MOSOP president Comrade Legborsi Pyagbara and NYCOP secretary comrade Barinuazor Emmanuel threaten Dumle Maol and Fortune Chujor at a steering committee meeting of MOSOP.
Ahead of the full implementation of the Ogoni clean-up, the apex mass-based organisation of the Ogoni people, MOSOP has commenced the process of generating a comprehensive database of graduates, contractors and artisans in Ogoniland.