Ogoni clean up: A promise kept

EVERY Nigerian loudly proclaims their hatred of corruption. Corruption has made majority of us poor and our country backward, with only a handful of super-rich folks, most of them crooks. We all want corrupt people brought out to the public square and lynched. But how many of us can cast the first stone? When this question was posed to a Biblical lynch mob, none of them had the nerve or conscience to do it.

Ogoni UNEP Cleanup: Anglo- Dutch Shell in another rogue manoeuvre?

When the apex organisation of the Ogoni people, the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), described as “inaccurate and deceptive” Shell. Petroleum Development Company’s claim to have implemented in Ogoni 16 out of the 22 actions recommended by UNEP, it needed not be emphasised that it is going to be a near-impossibility for Ogoni to cooperate with the oil major except there is a mindset re-engineering particularly on the side of the Anglo-Dutch concern.

The legacy of Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni 8 20 years after

On the 10th of November 1995, twenty years ago, Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa and eight Ogoni patriots were hanged by the military dictatorship of General Sani Abacha following a kangaroo trial that received world-wide condemnation. Ken Saro-Wiwa’s activities prior to his death and the execution have become pivotal points in the environmental justice movement.

Cleansing of Ogoniland and immortalisation of Saro-Wiwa

FOR Ogoni people and Human Rights Activists in Nigeria, August 2015 has earned itself pride of place in Nigeria’s environmental dateline as a month of action. This is the month President Muhammadu Buhari approved several actions to fast-track the long delayed implementation of the United Nations Environmental Programme Report (UNEP) on the environmental restoration of Ogoniland.  Revisiting the UNEP report has yet again put the  suffering and struggle of Ogoni people on the front burner of public discourse, twenty years after the brutal hanging of Kenule “Ken” Beeson Saro Wiwa (Ken Saro-Wiwa) and the “Ogoni 8” by the Sani Abacha military regime.