The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has declared that the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) is no longer an acceptable company in Ogoniland.
Responding to questions during an interview program on Port Harcourt radio, Family Love FM, 97.7, President of MOSOP, Fegalo Nsuke described Shell as a killer, accusing the company of sponsoring terrorism in Ogoniland and so can no longer be tolerated by the Ogoni people.
He said, as far as the Ogoni people were concerned, Shell has caused the death of thousands of Ogonis. Nsuke accused Shell of destroying Ogoniland and the future of the Ogoni people.
Responding to a question on a recent court judgment compelling the government of Nigeria to renew the license of Shell in Ogoniland, Nsuke said the concern MOSOP is that the violations against the Ogoni people should be addressed. He said the Ogoni people will not accept Shell whether the government renews their license or not,
When asked whether the Ogoni people will want the government to appeal the judgement, Nsuke said, the judgement is not important to the Ogoni people, what is important to the Ogoni people is their rights and dignity to be respected. He reiterated that Shell will not be accepted in Ogoni whether there be a judgement to return them back to Ogoni or not.
Nsuke maintained that the Ogoni people should get justice in Nigeria. He said, the fact is that Shell has caused the death of thousands of the Ogoni people and such behavior makes the company unacceptable to the Ogoni people.
Nsuke called on government to expel the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd. from Nigeria given the irresponsible ways Shell has conducted its business in Nigeria and the disrespectful ways Shell has treated Nigerians.
On oil resumption, Nsuke said the idea should be discarded for now as it portends grave danger to the lives of the people. He further explained that attempts to force oil resumption will be resisted by the Ogoni people and that will attract military intervention which will lead to the killing of the Ogoni people.
The MOSOP president called for engagement with the Ogoni people before contemplating oil resumption to prevent the death of any Ogoni. He also said the Ogoni people are willing to engage in a dialogue on the way forward.