The Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People has called on the Federal Government to clear the names of late Ken Saro-Wiwa and other Ogoni men who were killed on November 10, 1995.
The Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) has called on the Federal Government to clear the names of late Ken Saro-Wiwa and other Ogoni men who were killed on November 10, 1995.
MOSOP President Legborsi Saro Pyagbara made the demand in his address on the occassion of the 25th anniversary of the Ogoni struggle and the 20th anniversary commemoration of the Ogoni martyrs.
In the address titled Thrills of Victory, Pyagbara stated “On this Remembrance Day, we are sending a strong request to the President Muhammadu Buhari that as part of his programme for national healing and reconciliation, he should set in motion the process for clearing the names of the Ogoni nine.
This issue has been delayed for too long and I will appeal to the President once again to address this issue once and for all.” The MOSOP president recalled that “The murder of these men led to a firestorm of protests all over the world.
The United Nations send a fact-finding to Nigeria to examine the process of their trial according to both applicable local and international standards. The team returned a report which clearly showed that the trial of the Ogoni nine did not follow any known local and international standards. Yet the greatest disservice to the memory of these men of valour continues. Successive Nigeria administrations have failed to do the needful by clearing the names of these men who were unjustly tried, condemned and then murdered. It is time to right the wrongs against them and the wrongs against the entire Ogoni people.”
On the implementation of the UNEP report of Ogoniland, Pyagbara commended the President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government for the renewed interest in the UNEP report and his approval of the fast track actions for the implementation of the report.
He lamented he unusual delay for the take off of the project is becoming unbearable and indeed taxing their patience and urged the Federal Government to without further delay bring into being the announced structures and the roadmap for the implementation of the report that respects the sensibilities of the communities.
He disclosed that “beyond the issue of the clean-up of Ogoniland, the report also recommended the declaration of the Ogoni wetlands by the Government of Nigeria as a Ramsaar Site. The government is yet to do so. The report recommended the reform of the environment regime and policies in the country and to enthrone a new environmental ethic. This is yet to be addressed.”” Pyagbara warned “Shell that there is no clean-up yet going on in Ogoni.
The UNEP report recommended a multi-stakeholder process for the clean-up and restoration of Ogoniland. As far as we are concerned, anything done in the name of clean up of past spills in the area outside the UNEP report framework is unknown to us and tantamount to nothing.” The Ogoni leader continued that for almost three years, the Ogonis have embarked on a campaign for political equality and representation in Rivers State and his campaign was anchored on the third demand in the Ogoni Bill of Rights which stressed that Ogoni people need adequate and direct representation as of right in all Nigeria national institutions.
– Tony Ita Etim, Port Harcourt