Resist Military Raids on Ogoni, MOSOP Chief Tells Buhari
Frontline Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) player, Emmanuel Nkala, is currently calling on the Buhari administration to resist the temptation of a military raid on Ogoni with the hope of killing civil rights protestors seeking justice for the Ogoni people of Rivers State.
But, President Muhammadu Buhari is urging Ogoni leaders to sensitise their people on the value of protecting national assets like pipelines and other oil installations, saying wilful damages usually create more havoc on their environment and hamper development in the area.
President Buhari’s Media Aide Lead, Femi Adesina, in a statement said his principal made the call when he received some leaders and people of Ogoni at the State House, Abuja, noting that his administration was committed to the cleaning up of Ogoniland so that indigenes can regain their lives, return to farms and reactivate economic activities.
“You will need to educate the people of Ogoniland and the region more than when pipelines are broken, the damage is more to the immediate environment and the people. The majority of farmers and fishermen struggle because the fishes now move to the deep sea’’, he said.
Buhari said bad industry practices coupled with security challenges had resulted in massive spills with attendant environmental degradation of Ogoni, leading to agitations and strife, assuring that his administration will bring to a close all pending issues on sons of Ogoniland.
“Your Royal Highnesses, distinguished representatives of the people of Ogoni Land, I note the need to ensure completion of a segment of the East-West road traversing Ogoni Land, and steps will be taken to ensure delivery under the Infrastructure Development Fund as earlier conceived. We intend to complete this vital artery of Nigeria.
“Furthermore, we are committed to ensuring clemency and national integration as part of this Administration’s bid to lay the foundation for genuine reconciliation and bring closure to the issues of Ogoniland.