Ogoni Youths Accuse Belema Oil of Inciting Crises in Communities

Belema Oil, the new oil company that wants to assume the position of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in Ogoni land had been enjoying the support of some individuals and groups in the area. But seem that the company may witness a hitch from Ogoni Youth Foundation which has refused to endorse the company’s interest to take over from SPDC in Ogoni land.

MOSOP Inaugurates Commitee on UNEP, Oil Resumption in Ogoniland

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:

Tension in Ogoni as Stakeholders Disagree Over Belema Oil

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.

MOSOP Reject Belema Oil, Uncovers renewed plot against its president

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.”