EX-MOSOP Leader Raises Alarm Over Erosion In Ogoni Community

Former president of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People in the United States of America (MOSOP-USA), Chief Dumletam Ikpobari Senewo, has raised the alarm over erosion threats to Bane community in Khana local government area of Rivers State.

He also decried the abandonment of the final resting place of foremost Ogoni environmentalist, the late Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa, who was also a native of the community, by the leadership of MOSOP and the Saro-Wiwa family.

While conducting LEADERSHIP round some of the erosion sites in the community, Senewo, who is also the traditional ruler of Nyorzorgor village in Bane community, said if urgent measures are not taken, villages in the community would be flooded in the near future.

He berated the current leadership of MOSOP and the Saro-Wiwa family for not doing anything about the upgrading of the graveside of the foremost environmentalist, who was hanged along with eight other Ogonis on November 10, 1995.

“When was the last time President of MOSOP, Legborsi Saro Pyagbara was here? When was the last time MOSOP officials were here? This is where our own leader was buried; MOSOP is not saying anything about the condition of this place.

“At least if MOSOP had come up with something about this place, that will challenge MOSOP-USA, MOSOP-Canada, and other Diaspora MOSOP to begin working. It is not happening. We are not doing anything to glorify someone who glorified us, that is where my concern is,” he said.

The former MOSOP leader challenged the federal and Rivers state governments as well as the Saro-Wiwa family to develop the graveside into a tourist site where people can come to make enquiries about the Ogoni struggle.

“I can only challenge the government of this country to do something. My challenge goes to Ogoni or and the Saro-Wiwa family. Wike did a very good job by name the State Polytechnic after Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa. We thank him for doing that. He should visit this place (Saro-Wiwa’s grave),” he added.