It is sad that United Nations Environmental Programme, UNEP team in Nigeria is conspiring with Shell to silence an Ogoni Chieftain. The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, MOSOP now has evidence that agents of UNEP team funded by Shell approached councilors and chairmen within four Ogoni local government councils to divide and rule in attempts to use them against MOSOP in Rivers State, Nigeria. MOSOP has welcome indications by councilors who recently and openly threatened in Bori to speak out if the UNEP team in Nigeria continues with the old tactics used in the 1990s by Shell leading to the killing of a generation of Ogoni leaders, including Ken Saro-Wiwa.

  “I decided not to sleep in my house until further notice. Today, it is Goodluck Diigbo, tomorrow, it may be I,” one councilor of the ruling PDP party said. “Not even my party chief (apparently referring to Governor Amaechi of Rivers State, who has opposed MOSOP position) can influence me in this matter,” the brave councilor stated. Shell recently offered USD9.5 million to clean-up lands devastated in Ogoniland through Shell’s operations. At an emergency meeting of National Executive Council of MOSOP in Bori, members shared the report and expressed disappointment with UNEP team. Among them, members of the Federation of Ogoni Women Association, FOWA who said that they were so sad that tears gathered silently in some of their eyes and ran down their cheeks.

An Ogoni chieftain, who is the MOSOP president /Spokesman, Hon. Goodluck Diigbo reacted today on his way from the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Copenhagen, Denmark and said: “I will not stop demanding international best practice of due process as a precondition; if Shell truly wants to pay as a polluter to carry out a proper assessment and clean-up of oil devastated lands in Ogoni, Nigeria. Ogoni community participation, partnership and cooperation with the UNEP team headed by Mr. Mike Cowing will only be possible if Shell and Cowing UNEP team are ready to adopt measures to ensure openness, transparency and accountability. For me, free, informed and prior consent through stakeholders’ consultation as provided for in the United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Articles: 10, 11, 28, 30(2) and 32 is all that I have asked for, nothing more. This is the way forward, not backward tactics to silence outspoken Ogoni leaders; an unproductive preoccupation Shell used to shut up Ken Saro-Wiwa on November 10, 1995. Shell can gain nothing by its bully. This cheating approach at conflict resolution is fraudulent and MOSOP will take appropriate action to make UNEP team in Nigeria answerable”.

MOSOP condemns as outrageously unjust and heinous, Shell’s deliberate policy to resume oil production in Ogoniland by unfair and dishonest scheming. The recent invasion of Teyork, the home country of MOSOP President, Hon. Goodluck Diigbo was an intimidatory tactic funded by Shell. MOSOP said the invasion of Teyork was one recriminatory stab to silence Diigbo and a tactic by Shell to demonstrate that Shell still has Nigerian security forces to rent in violation of international law, including disregard to human rights and environmental protection.

Emma Mpeba
MOSOP Media Director

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