The president of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), Mr. Legborsi Saro Pyagbara has in compliance with the resolution of the Ogoni National Congress convoked at the Peace and Freedom Centre, Bori-Ogoni on February 7, 2015, approved the setting up of a 15-member consultative committee on the above subject matter with Professor Johnson Nnaah and Barrister Mike Karikpo as Chairman and Secretary respectively. The other representatives of the people serving on the committee are:
The planned handing over of an indigenous Oil Company, Belema Oil Producing Ltd, by the Dutch petroleum giant, Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, in Ogoniland, has heigthened tension in the area, as the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), traditional rulers and other stakeholders have disagreed on the modalities for the arrangement.
The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People said it has uncovered a devious plot by some promoters of immediate oil production resumption in Ogoniland to raise yet another spurious allegation against its President, Legborsi Saro Pyagbara.
MOSOP said with previous plots having failed to implicate Pyagbara in controversies surrounding minority clamour for oil exploitation commencement in the area and endorsement of Belema Oil, those behind it are coming up with fresh ideas.
MOSOP said reports available to it have shown that these unscrupulous elements plan to forge the signature of the President of MOSOP and superimpose it on a fake document aiming to link him with supporting a particular company and pecuniary inducements from oil concerns and related sources and set him up for the people’s wrath.
MOSOP said already, the falsehood accusing Pyagbara of standing against employment and development opportunities for Ogoni youths have been circulated.
A statement on Tuesday by Bari-ara Kpalap, Media/Public Affairs Advisors to the MOSOP President, added: Although we are not surprised at the plot, we note with dismay the desperation that has regrettably characterized their campaign for the endorsement of Belema Oil and commencement of oil production in the area. As it stands, we would not be surprised if the situation degenerates past the present tendency in view of the claim by some of the actors that the MOSOP president was blocking their opportunity to become multi-billionaires. It is saddening that these characters seem unbothered about the peculiar circumstance of the Ogoni people but their parochial interests only. However, since the stance of MOSOP and her president promotes and protects the interest of the community, no degree of evil machinations would sway our genuine efforts for a better Ogoni.
“Nevertheless, we would like to warn the executioners and the masterminds to desist from carrying out the uncovered plot as they would be held responsible for whatever happens since they are known. To us, the time requires all Ogonis coming together and working concertedly if we must achieve our communal goals for which our compatriots paid the supreme price.”
In the statement, MOSOP also condemned in strong terms the increasing wave of politically motivated violence in Ogoniland, including the recent kidnapping of Freddie Ndigbara.
It said: “We consider this sustained tendency as most unnecessary and unfortunate as it in no way help to resolve our peculiar disadvantaged circumstance but painted Ogoni in bad light. On several occasions, MOSOP has advised our people against allowing Ogoni to be a theatre of violence, whether political or otherwise as the implications and effects are borne by Ogoni and Ogoni alone. We thus passionately call on the abductors to unconditionally release Mr. Ndigbara. We as well urged the police to investigate the incident with a view to bringing the culprits and their sponsors to justice.”
The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) says Nigeria's disposition towards human rights and justice is the root cause of the closure of oil exploration operations in Ogoniland.
The last has not been heard of the Belema Oil controversy in Ogoniland. Latest reports has it that the Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr Tein Jackrich was in Ogoni, Wednesday February 18 to seek the support of Ogoni Youth Leader, Chief Solomon Ndigbara, alias "Osama Bin Ladin" to enable the company gain unhindered access to the oilfields.
We are still finding it hard to understand what Shell (SPDC) will gain as a company if Ogoni land in the Niger Delta starts to ‘burn again’ with crises that would lead to the loss of lives, particularly the lives of the Ogoni elites and educated class. The same thing we witnessed in the past that led to the death of Ken Saro-wiwa and eight others is gradually but steadily playing out in Ogoni land again with this “Shell/Belema Oil Ltd deceptive plot.”
Some unidentified gunmen yesterday abducted Mr. Freddie Ndigbara, an aide to Governor Chibuike Amaechi in his community in Khana Local Government Area.
An enlarged congress of the MOSOP Kingdom Coordinators and Chapter Leaders Forum has overwhelmingly rejected the take over of Ogoni oilfields by Belema oil. The decision was taken yesterday during the meeting of the representatives of the MOSOP Kingdom Coordinators and Chapter Leaders Forum from 126 communities in Ogoniland.
The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, MOSOP, has demanded immediate public apology from the Chairman, Media and Publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Campaign Organisation in Rivers State, Mr. Emma Okah, for allegedly accusing the MOSOP President, Mr. Legborsi Saro Pyagbara, of complicity in bribery to tune of N30 million in relation to the Belema Oil crisis in Ogoniland.