Press Release: Nsuke's Detention Was Provocative - MOSOP

The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, MOSOP has described the illegal detention of its president, Fegalo Nsuke by Nigerian security forces on January 2, 2020 as provocative, regrettable and a setback on the progress made by the Ogoni people to recover from the persecution of the Nigerian state.
In a statement issued at the end of an executive committee meeting presided over by the deputy president, Bartholomew Oluji, MOSOP said the arrest was a reminder of the past where the Nigerian security forces were instigated against the genuine and peaceful struggles of the Ogoni people.
The statement said the recent attacks against the leadership of MOSOP was masterminded by mischief makers to throw Ogoni into confusion.
The MOSOP statement said Nsuke's detention was an attempt by Saro-Wiwa's enemies to replicate what they did to Ken Saro-Wiwa in1995.
The statement also commended the Ogoni people for their peaceful disposition during the period of Nsuke's incarceration.
The statement rejected calls for oil resumption in Ogoni describing the calls as "not in the best interest of the Ogoni people" at this time.
They noted that oil resumption can only commence with adequate negotiations and after previous oil spills have been cleaned up.
While condemning attempts by a few to create divisions in Ogoni, the statement urged all Ogonis to promote peace in their domains.
MOSOP described the frequent interference of KAGOTE in the internal affairs of MOSOP as mischievous and overstepping their bounds. It said KAGOTE's recent actions were unacceptable and regrettable.
Alex Akori
Asst. General Secretary