The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has called for social justice in Nigeria as panacea to the increasing insecurity ravaging the country.
Speaking during the 2019 June 12 Memorial Lecture organized by the Unity House Foundation and Garden City Leadership Initiative at the Presidential Hotel, Port Harcourt, President of MOSOP, Fegalo Nsuke said democracy in Nigeria has not improved the cause of social justice for the oppressed peoples of the Niger Delta.
Nsuke said the case of the Ogoni people in Nigeria reflected the dark side of our country, Nigeria, where oil-rich indigenous communities produce the wealth of the country and have nothing to show for it as they are left to suffer the consequences of oil exploitation.
Nsuke said although Democracy is still the best option for Nigeria, it will make little or no meaning if it does not promote equity and social justice for the Nigerian people.
Nsuke said the people of Nigeria have come to understand all that have been kept away from them and the best way to stem the tide of agitations is to face the reality that Nigeria have to be a better democracy by promoting social justice.
Citing the case of the Ogoni people, Nsuke said Ogoni generated an estimated 185,000 barrels of oil daily and still remains one of the poorest regions of Nigeria. He said the consequences of such neglect and deprivations are agitations.
He further noted that although the agitations of the Ogoni people is non-violent, some other communities are not likely to go the way of non-violence thereby worsening the security problems we face as a country.
Nsuke called for greater commitment for equity and social justice in Nigeria by recognizing and respecting the rights of indigenous communities like Ogoni noting that a free and just society will only conduce to peaceful co-existence and development in the county.