WILLIE ETIM reports from Port Harcourt that despite President Buhari’s applauded move to implement the UNEP report on the imperative of cleaning up Ogoni after the environmental degradation cause by oil exploration and exploitation, steps that appear to negate the spirit of the agreement on how to go about the exercise are being taken by the self-same government.
Disunity within the oil-polluted communities, hegemony tendency of community’ leaders who lord themselves over their subjects at will, and the use of wrong chemicals by contractors, hired to clean up the oil polluted areas have been identified as factors delaying the remediation/cleanup process introduced by Shell and other International Oil Companies (IOCs) to restore the natural habitats in Ogoniland and other communities in the Niger-Delta region.
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the United Nations (UN) to give more support for his administration’s efforts towards cleaning up Ogoniland. Buhari was speaking in Nairobi yesterday during a visit to the United Nations Office in the Kenyan capital. The president is currently on a three-day visit to Kenya.
Having carefully studied the widely circulated publication made by Legborsi Esaen, suspended publicity secretary of MOSOP, which he titled: "Setting The Records Straight" I want to make my representations on the issues he raised and particularly focusing on the 2015 MOSOP elections.
A National Congress of the Ogoni people organised under the auspices of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) was held at the Peace and Freedom Centre, Bori-Ogoni on Saturday, January 16, 2016. It was attended by over ten (10) thousand Ogoni people including traditional rulers, students, academics, traders, farmers, fisherfolks, professionals, youths and women.
The attention of The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has been drawn to a false and misleading publication in The Vanguard Newspaper reporting an alliance between MOSOP and MASSOB to foist the Biafran agitation. The Vanguard reports has it that one Goodluck Freeman led the MOSOP delegation to a meeting with MASSOB leaders in Gokana in Ogoni where the deal was struck to work together to actualize the Biafran state.
The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) wishes to notify the general public of a fake MOSOP leadership purportedly led by one fraudulent Mike Lube-Nwidobie and inaugurated by one G.N.K Gininwa on Monday, January 11, 2016 at his residence in Korokoro, Tai Local Government Area.
MOSOP is not aware nor has it approved the inauguration of any chapter or executive at the home of Ogoni chief. The place and position of MOSOP far exceed every chieftaincy stool and MOSOP frowns at the use of its name to drive personal and pecuniary interests.
The Federation of Ogoni Women"s Associations (FOWA) has condemned the purported swearing-in of one Mike Lube-Nwidobie at the residence of a local community chief, Godwin N.K. Gininwa in Korokoro, Tai local government are a on Monday, January 11, 2016.
The Women, who spoke through their president Gloria Nwanam and PRO Helen Nkpankpan condemned the traditional ruler for disregarding the ethos of Ogoni culture by diminishing the revered Ogoni traditional institution to associate himself with a fraudulent process and attempting to create confusion in Ogoni.
A one-time commissioner in Rivers State and former Chairman of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers who is also the Gbenemene of Nyo-Khana Kingdom in Ogoniland, King Williams Nzidee has said the Gbenemene of Tai, King Godwin Gininwa lacks the power to swear-in a MOSOP President. King Nzidee made this known today in a chat with news men in Port Harcourt.