A faction of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) led by Bari-ara Kpalap says it has taken possession of the MOSOP secretariat in Port Harcourt.
In a statement on Saturday, 09 February 2019, the publicity secretary, Fyneface Fyneface, said the president and members of his cabinet today took over the MOSOP secretariat at the Rivers State capital, saying the president and his executive committee were elected on December 21, 2018, and had since January 1, 2019, been working to put the office in a conducive setting for efficiency and optimum productivity.
Addressing staff, supporters and members of the Movement, he expressed commitment of his leadership to revitalising the organisation including its main thematic areas of work to enhance effectiveness and sustained progress in line with the vision and mission of MOSOP. He added that the reform would affect the areas of Human Rights; Democracy and Good Governance; Environment; Energy and Climate Change; Peace and conflict; and Gender and Health Issues.
He advised the staff to be dedicated to their responsibilities emphasising that hard work would be rewarded while indolence, incompetence and dereliction of duty would not be tolerated.
The MOSOP leader reiterated commitment to running open and participatory administration that would be owned and easily accessed by the people. A government that they really can call their own, to which they can make useful contributions that would help to motivate the solution driven agenda of the administration, which is geared towards impacting positively on the mass of Ogoni natives and other minorities in Nigeria and beyond. He added that one of the areas the leadership would touch without delay is reviving our engagement with the local people through regular kingdom and inter-kingdom consultations to enable information on, and understanding of developments and as well get their views and challenges and thus recreate, renewed sense of belonging for optimum outcome.
He re-echoed his earlier position that power will be returned to the people as that was the tonic that drove the Ogoni struggle for justice championed by MOSOP to unsurpassed heights, recording universally acknowledged achievements occasioning her earning encomiums and prizes. The approach he further said, is envisioned to arouse renewed sense of community to boost our efforts at actualising those areas of the Ogoni Bill of Rights (OBR) that has not been realised.
Mr. Kpalap also used the occasion to call on all MOSOP faithful to be calm, law abiding and close ranks as recent happenings in the Movement is a mere phase in the life of the organisation and would soon be over as efforts are in top gear to ensure its resolution. He stated that the new leadership has been consulting with elders of the Movement and their efforts would soon result into amicable and enduring reconciliation of the aggrieve parties.
He however regretted that while well-meaning Ogoni sons and daughters are genuinely concerned about the MOSOP situation and have been making plausible efforts at ending the imbroglio, some were fueling it for obvious parochial economic interests.