The submission of the UNEP report on the assessment of the Ogoni environment in August 2011 laid to rest any doubts anyone may have had over the degree of hydrocarbons pollution in the Ogoniland, and by implication the Niger Delta.
This is the full text of President Muhamamdu Buhari's speech at the lauch of the Ogoni cleanup project and delivered by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
On behalf of the Ogoni people, its spirits and fallen heroes, I welcome you to Ogoniland.
At the outset, I must convey the deepest appreciation of the Ogoni People to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari for fulfilling his electioneering promise to the Ogoni people that he would address the environmental crisis in the land. This flag-off today of the clean-up and restoration of Ogoniland is indeed a testament to a leader whose words had become his bond and sets him apart from several other politicians home and abroad. The President had indeed become Africa’s latest export to the global community on issues of leadership integrity, honesty and discipline. We congratulate him and all those who had believe in him through this journey of change, particularly his wife, Mrs. Aisha Buhari that had propelled him to attain this great feat. A noble character is the result of the surrender of self for the service of love to God and man, we believe in the President’s nobility of character. We also thank the indefatigable Hon. Minister of Environment, Mrs. Amina Mohammed and her team, for making this day a reality.
The Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) says the entire Ogoni people are ready to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari to launch the clean-up of their polluted land.
Normalcy will soon return to Ogoniland in Rivers State, following the Federal Government’s approval of N2.1billon for its clean up. The planned clean-up will boost socio-economic activities in the area, experts have said.
The environmental restoration of Ogoniland could prove to be the world's most wide-ranging and long term oil clean-up exercise ever undertaken if contaminated drinking water, land, creeks and important ecosystems such as mangroves are to be brought back to full, productive health.
Despite recording significant decrease in the level of gas being flared per day, the U.S State Energy Information Administration (EIA) said that Nigeria remained one of the top five gas flaring countries in the world.
As President Muhammadu Buhari plans to flag off the long-awaited clean-up of Ogoniland on Thursday, Amnesty International has called on the government not to allow multinational oil giant, Shell, to abdicate its responsibilities in the pollution of the area.
Being tet of press statement by MOSOP-USA executive committee on the visit of President Muhamadu Buhari to Ogoniland.
The people of Ogoni in the United States of America welcome the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari to Ogoni for the Flag-off ceremony of the clean-up. Mr. President, while you are in Ogoni, the Executive Committee of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People in the United States of America (MOSOP-USA) would like to draw your attention to some pressing problems affecting the indigenous people of Ogoni. These problems are: