Ahead of the 2015 elections, The Center For Peace and Development in Ogoni has cautioned against the use of ethnicity to make a case for governorship aspirants in Rivers State .
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The attention of The Ogoni Social Democratic Network has been drawn to a press statement yesterday credited to The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) in which the honorable minister of state for education, Barr. Nyesom Wike was accused of masterminding and sponsoring a demonstration in Ogoniland ostensibly to work against the Ogoni quest to produce the next governor of Rivers State.
Politics is in the air and there is no dull moment for socio-political groups. Even communities are seeking relevance in a game that will climax in 2015. In the spirits of 2015, Rivers community in Bayelsa State trooped out recently to announce their preferred candidates for the election year.
It's been three years since the United Nations Environmental Programme asked Royal Dutch Shell, an Anglo-Dutch oil and gas company, and the Nigerian government to clean up the oil spill in Ogoniland, but that has not happened for a surprisingly long time. Adeola Akinremi and Solomon Elusoji visited Ogoniland and report that its people are a living sacrifice amid a barren landscape of devastated forest and farmland, ruined livelihoods of farmers and fishermen amidst the massive damage to the environment.
August 4 marked the third year anniversary of the formal release of the recommendations of the United Nations Environment Program on Ogoni to the Federal government.
The People of Ogoni ethnic group in the United States of America are set to meet, to discuss their future in the present-day Rivers State and Nigeria in general.
The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) at a recent event to mark three years since the submission of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Report on environmental assessment of Ogoniland recently criticized the Federal government for the delay in the implementation of the Report.
Minister of Petroleum resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke and the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) squabbled at the weekend over delay in implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme report on the cleanup of Ogoniland.
The Ogonis under the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) have threatened not to participate in the forthcoming 2015 presidential election if the Federal Government of Nigeria led by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan refuses to kick-start the implementation of the UNEP report, which has been acknowledged as a death sentence passed on them.
Following the delay and the non implementation of UNEP Report by the Federal Government, the Movement of the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) has adopted August 4th every year to remember the environmental decay, environmental injustice and installmental killing of Ogoni people by the Federal Government.
Ahead of the 2015 general elections, Ogoni youth leader and Nigeria's peace ambassador, Chief Solomon Ndigbara has hinted that the outcome of the 2015 Rivers State governorship election will be determined by the character and credibility of candidates and not ethnic sentiments as widely reported in the media.