It Will Be Shameful to Feature Ogoni Cleanup in 2019 Election Campaigns - Nsuke President of MOSOP, Legborsi Pyagbara addressing Ogonis on the state of the Ogoni clean-upp

It Will Be Shameful to Feature Ogoni Cleanup in 2019 Election Campaigns - Nsuke

The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has said to feature the Ogoni clean-up in the 2019 campaigns will be shameful and an embarrassment for the government, parties and politicians. Publicity Secretary of the movement, Fegalo Nsuke, said this in Port Harcourt today.

Nsuke said there had been more deception than honesty, more lies than truth, more words than action on the state and commitment of both government and Shell on the Ogoni clean-up.

"It will be a shame on the part of the government, PDP, APC or any other political  party to use the implementation of the Ogoni clean-up as a campaign strategy during the 2019 election campaigns. What is meant here is that the cleanup of Ogoniland should be a settled issue by the time we commence intensive campaign for the 2019 elections. Nsuke said.

The MOSOP spokesman dismissed claims that the setting up of governing structures showed progress on the clean-up of Ogoniland. According to Nsuke, "If you setup structures and the environment and underground water remain polluted, you have done nothing. If you also do not provide funding for the structures, the structures are useless. If you also announce money for the structures and keep the money to yourself, you have also done nothing.

Nsuke insisted that what the government has done is to play on our intelligence as a people and our people have clearly seen that the entire Ogoni clean-up programme had been designed to deceive the Ogoni people into letting go their oil which had not been available for the government since 1993..

Recall that in June 2016, the president of Nigeria, represented by Nigeria's Vice President had flagged off the cleanup of Ogoniland in Bodo, Ogoniland. Nothing has happened since that elaborate flag-off.