The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has reaffirmed his commitment to ensure that the people of Ogoniland are given equal opportunities in the state and in the country.
The Kingdom Coordinators and Chapter Leaders Forum of The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) have sent a strongly worded letter to the chief executive officer of Belema Oil Producing Limited, Mr Tein Jackrich warning his company to stay away from Ogoni oil.
The day of reckoning has finally come for politicians who are not Ogoni friendly. The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria, ERA/FoEN, is urging Nigerians not to vote for lawmakers currently seeking re-election who are known to have thwarted the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, or the implementation of the United National Environment Programme, UNEP, report on Ogoniland.
The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) says Belema Oil Producing Nigeria Limited will be held responsible for any case of of death or rights violation resulting from the company's desperate effort to take over Shell's assets and resume oil production in Ogoniland.
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All is now set for the eagerly awaited Ogoni Peace Rally slated for Bori headquarters of the Ogonis on Wednesday 25th March 2015. The event is put together by popular Ogoni music diva and one time chairman of Rivers State Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, Lexy Mueka (a.k.a Lexy M). The event is expected to be a wake-up call to all Ogoni sons and daughters home and in Diaspora to unite, co-operate, tolerate one another and embrace peaceful co-existence between themselves.
The recent attempt to replace and sell the assets of The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited to its contractor, Belema Oil Producing Nigeria Limited and possibly resume oil production in Ogoniland has generated lots of controversy. Ogoninews sought the views of a member of MOSOP and an international human rights advocate, Ben Ikari. Below are his responses on key issues:
Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) a, Non-Governmental Organisation, has carried out community dialogues in two communities in Rivers State. The communities are Erema in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni, Goi in Gokona Local Government Area.
The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People says the plan to sell of Shell's assets in Ogoniland to a local oil firm is deliberate plot to further repress the Ogoni people and weaken their resolve to resist the unethical practices of Shell Petroleum and the prevalent anti-environmental practices within the Nigerian oil industry.
Since his execution by the Nigerian authorities in 1995, Ken Saro-Wiwa has received global recognition as a key figure in the struggle for minority people’s environmental and political rights. This special issue of Research in African Literatures focuses on Saro-Wiwa’s textual outputs and literary experiments and his legacy as a Nigerian and African “literary activist.”