MOSOP Withdraws Pyagbara, Naanen From HYPREP Governing Council, Re-states Commitment to Self Determination

Reject planned militarization of Ogoni, Urge Ogonis to remain peaceful in pursuit of self determination

The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has announced the withdrawal of Mr. Legborsi Saro Pyagbara, Prof Ben Naanen and other Ogoni representatives on the governing council of the Hydro Carbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP).

In a communique released at the end of a general congress of the Ogoni people held on Saturday, January 19 in Bori, the people  resolved that the Ogoni representatives on the governing council of HYPREP be withdrawn following poor performance and unsatisfactory representation.

Congress condemned HYPREP over the implementation of the Ogoni cleanup and demanded the immediate commencement of the emergency measures including water provision for the Ogoni people.

Congress also rejected the report of the Prof. Ben Naanen's committee on oil resumption describing the work of the committee as invalid. Congress held that the expansion of the committee by Pyagbara without the consent of the Central Committee of MOSOP invalidated the committee and made its work useless.

The Ogoni congress regretted the incident which led to the burning of a vehicle belonging to HYPREP but declined to take a position until it receives reports from the Police, the K-Dere community and other independent investigators. MOSOP likened the condemnation of Ogoni youths over the incident to the what the federal government did to Saro-Wiwa in 1994 when without any investigation it blamed and eventually hanged Saro--Wiwa and others for the Giokoo murders..

Congress also rejected the planned militarization of Ogoniland. Congress called for an upgrade in Police infrastructure and the creation of more Police divisions in Ogoni.

Congress pledged the commitment of the Ogoni people to non-violence while demanding respect for the political rights to self determination for the Ogoni people in Nigeria.

Cross section of Saturdays congress
President of MOSOP, Fegalo Nsuke addressing the congress
Cross section of Saturdays congress