MOSOP Call for Global Intervention Over Alarming Death Rate in Ogoniland

The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has decried the high death rate in Ogoniland calling on world leaders and all men of conscience to intervene in the situation and to put pressure on Nigeria and Shell Petroleum to immediately commence the implementation of the United Nations report on the Ogoni environment and avert an impending genocide.
In a statement by the Publicity Secretary of MOSOP, Fegalo Nsuke, the leading and apex socio-cultural organisation of the Ogoni people alleged that between 2nd and 17th of March 2018, Bodo community in Gokana local government area alone buried 33 persons while 29 persons died in K-Dere also in Gokana local government area. Similar reports are coming from all Ogoni villages.
MOSP said the world must know about what is clearly a shell/state-sponsored genocide in Ogoniland. MOSOP noted that it is concerned that Shell and the federal government of Nigeria is doing little or nothing about the restoration of Ogoniland and the immediate provision of water for the people even as communities record increasing death rates.

MOSOP flays this inhuman attitude of the Nigerian government and Shell and urge the world not to allow this happen in the 21st century.

We take exception to the fact that just recently in December 2017, the Nigerian government approved $1billion to purchase arms to kill in the fight against insurgents, the same government has failed to provide an agreed sum of $200million annually for five years to save the lives of over 1million people in Ogoniland, Nsuke said.
The statement further noted that in the midst of these terrible conditions, government remain silent about the threats posed by Belema Oil Producing Limited and Robo Michael Limited, both Nigerian oil firms who are currently sponsoring rival groups in the hope to force a resumption of oil production in Ogoniland despite our repeated notification and firm position expressing our disapproval to oil production without the implementation of the UNEP report and other conditions,

The statement noted that it was disturbing that that while Ogoni is increasingly threatened by the effects of years of pollution from Shell's reckless business practices, the Nigerian government is doing nothing as Belema Oil and Robo Michael continue to sponsor divisions and rivalry thereby increasing the potential for conflicts that can worsen the condition of people who are already faced with death from environmental pollution.

MOSOP called on world leaders to stand up for humanity and save the Ogoni people from going extinct. The world must not be silent over this grave danger faced by over 1million people in Nigeria's Ogoniland. We urge all men of conscience to stand up and stop Shell and the Nigerian government from executing this genocide.