The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has listed four conditions as necessary for the resolution of the Ogoni problem. Top amongst them is the exoneration of the 9 innocent Ogoni activists including Ken Saro-Wiwa who were murdered on November 10, 1995 by the Nigerian state.
A statement by the Assistant Secretary General of MOSOP, Alex Akori says this was part of the resolutions of a Central Committee meeting of MOSOP held yesterday February 6, 2020 and presided over by the president of the movement, Fegalo Nsuke at the MOSOP National Secretariat in Bori-Ogoni.
The Central Committee held that the exoneration of the 9 innocent Ogoni civil rights activists, including Ken Saro-Wiwa, who were executed by the Nigerian government on November 10, 1995 was fundamentally a major demand and expectation of the Ogoni people because the "9" were innocent and unjustly killed to pave way for the Shell Petroleum Development Company, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell Plc to return to oil drilling activities in Ogoni.
The Steering Committee also resolved that previous oil spills in Ogoni should be properly cleaned up. It condemned the present cleanup program which it described as compromised and used to enrich private individuals.
The MOSOP Central Committee further called for an open and honest engagement to discuss the future of the Ogoni people with a view to facilitate the resolution of the protracted Ogoni crises.
The Steering Committee further called for an end to the repression and frequent harassment of MOSOP activists by Nigerian security forces.
The MOSOP Central Committee noted that the call by oppressed Ogoni people for equity and justice for the Ogoni whose resources had been taken away and their environment left in desolation does not amount to any crime in the land.
The MOSOP Central Committee listed these conditions as necessary to peacefully and amicably resolves the over 30 year old conflict with Shell and the Nigerian government.
Reading the resolutions of the Central Committee, president of MOSOP, Fegalo Nsuke puts the demands this way:
- Exoneration of the "Ogoni 9"
- Proper cleanup of Ogoni
- Discussions on the Future of Ogoni in Nigeria
- End to the repression and harassment of Ogoni activists by Nigerian security forces.