Freedom is Near for the Ogoni People by Fegalo Nsuke
God gave us Ogoni and we have a duty to protect her just as we also have a role to play in making our country a home and lovely place for all, estranged from the greedy leadership which manifests in all circles and have brought our country to an humiliating phase.
Together we must stand for the freedom of our peoples for I am confident that it is worth the sacrifices.
We are not alone. God is with us, People with conscience all over the world are with us, watching and listening. The world is watching to see if Nigeria will once again display its inhumanity, tell the world it does not desrve a place amaong civilized nations by using its strengt against a small but richly endowed Ogoni people whose wealth have made Nigeria what it is today and has given our country the pride of being called a regional power.
I see a greater Ogoni emanating from our pains, struggles, persecution, discrimination and the deaths we have suffered as a people. Over 4,000 persons have lost their lives in this struggle and as late Edward Kobani once said:
When life is lost in a struggle, then there is no turning back.
I beleive freedom is near and I see Ken Saro-Wiwa predicting this freedom when he wrote:
“Dance your anger and your joys,
Dance the military guns to silence,
Dance oppression and injustice to death,
Dance my people,
For we have seen tomorrow
And there is an Ogoni star in the sky.”
We all have a duty to keep the oppressors away, to sustain the struggle, to free our conscience by not giving up to Shell, the Nigerian discrimination and repression. They put Ken Saro-Wiwa before the courts of the oppressors and killed him without a fair trial. Notwithstanding, we must take responsibility for our future. We must choose the path of honour by protecting our dignity as a people and stop the oppressors from prosecuting the genocidal war against us.
Don’t get arrested anymore
But while the land is ravaged
And our pure air poisoned
When streams choke with pollution
Silence would be treason
Punishable by a term in prison”
1. The Exoneration of the nine innocent Ogonis murdered by the Nigerian state on November 10, 1995 including Ken Saro-Wiwa, John Kpuinen, Baribor Bera, Nordu Eawo, Dr Barinem Kiobel, Daniel Gbooko, Paul Levera, Felix Nuate and Saturday Doobee.
2. That Nigeria should respect the political rights of the Ogoni people to self determination by creating a state for the Ogoni people.
3. Nigeria should halt further military attacks on the Ogoni community and human rights campaigners particularly the unwarranted assaults on the leadership of MOSOP.
4. Shell and her joint venture partners should compensate the Ogoni people for massive environmental damages and the consequential livelihood losses due to their reckless business practices”