The Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOP, has commended President Mohammadu Buhari for last Wednesday directive on the implementation of the United Nations Environmental Project, UNEP, report on Ogoniland.
The commendation was contained a letter titled “Re: Before Ogoni is Forgotten Again” signed by MOSOP President Legborsi Saro Pyagbara and addressed to Buhari.
Part of the letter reads, “On this note, we wish to convey to Your Excellency, the deep appreciation of the Ogoni people for the initial steps taken on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 towards addressing the environmental nightmare in Ogoni by approving the creation of necessary institutions for the take off of the implementation of the UNEP report.
We look forward to the eventual composition of these institutions as soon as possible. “We are pleased that the time for rhetoric and public shows is OVER and is now giving way to a new era of matching words with actions.
MOSOP appeals to the President to act with a new sense of urgency and in a new generosity of spirit and fairness, particularly to muster the political will to declare a state of emergency on the Ogoni Environment (water crisis) and set up the machinery for the full implementation of the UNEP report on Ogoniland.
These are urgently needed to decelerate the current expansion of pollution footprints and restoration of land and biodiversity in the Ogoni area.” Likening Buhari tenacity while seeking the presidency, Pyagbara stated that “MOSOP believes that your victory after three unsuccessful attempts is a vindication of the fact that the spirit of resilience, tenacity, doggedness and truth which had been the hallmark of the Ogoni struggle is still honoured and respected amongst the peoples of this great country, Nigeria.”
Pyagbara continued that “Whilst appreciating the enormity of the challenges you may have encountered since you assumed office, MOSOP is deeply concerned that the process of national healing and reconciliation which we had believed would herald your second coming is still being delayed and had not taken off effectively.
“ The country is still deeply divided along regional and ethnic lines exacerbated by the ongoing crisis in the national assembly and the issue of insecurity appear to be worsening by the day.
-Tony Ita Etim, Port Harcourt