…. Says Oil Resumption Will Kill Ogoni People
At a massive gathering of the Ogoni people in Bera, Gokana local government area on Saturday, July 20, 2019, under the aegis of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), the message of Ken Saro-Wiwa demanding respect for the political rights to self determination for the Ogoni people of South Eastern Nigeria resonated profoundly as every speaker called for respect for Ogoni rights.
President of MOSOP, Fegalo Nsuke said respect for the rights of the Ogoni people will address the Ogoni problem, restore peace to the Niger Delta and lead to a better and happier Nigeria.
Nsuke said the “Ogoni people will not accept the continual violation of their rights nor shall we allow the sacrifices of our heroes including Ken Saro–Wiwa go in vain” Nsuke said “Oil resumption will kill the Ogoni people and therefore the idea should be discarded for now”
“The Ogoni people will definitely resist plans to resume oil production in Ogoni without the people’s consent and the only and usual response of government will be to send in the soldiers who kill us and because the Ogoni people do not want further killing in the land, it is best not to go ahead with oil resumption in Ogoni until the issue is properly negotiated”
Nsuke called for the creation of a state for the Ogoni people and the decriminalization of the nine Ogonis hanged on November 10, 1995.
On the Ogoni cleanup, Nsuke said cleanup without provision of water, compensation for the destruction of livelihood sources, and a plan to handle contaminated wastes makes the project a failure.
Also speaking, the president of National Youth Council of the Ogoni People (NYCOP), Theophilus Mbagha Esq said “the Ogoni people must be respected in their own country”.
“We have what they want and they have what we want. Let us talk to resolve the issues” Mbagha said President of Federation of Ogoni Women’s Association (FOWA) Mrs Namon Nwinde who spoke through the Coordinator of FOWA in Gokana, Mrs Mary Bekee said “We are standing for Ogoni and our president, Fegalo Nsuke, and we will always do”
Earlier, Coordinator of MOSOP in Gokana, Apostle Celestine Viura expressed joy over the rebirth of MOSOP in Ogoni and called for support for the president, Fegalo Nsuke.
The event had participants drawn from Eleme, Tai, Ban Ogoi, Bori territory, Nyokhana, Ken Khana and Babbe kingdom in Ogoniland.