* Take over of PH secretariat?
* Oil drilling to return?
* Suit against Shell in the Hague?
Two factions have emerged and are now speaking for the Ogoni, something that usually creates violent outcomes in the volatile areas. Top issues that now attract factional and opposite positions include who controls the secretariat, should oil activities return, how should clean up proceed, and who supports a suit against Shell in the Hague?
A faction of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) led by Arap Kpalap had earlier stated that it had captured the PH building. It also asked Shell to begin negotiations for a return.
Now, the other faction led by Fegalo Nsuke has described as premature and useless, insinuations that oil resumption in Ogoni is possible without adequate negations and due consideration for the interest of the Ogoni people.
President of MOSOP Fegalo Nsuke said this at the MOSOP Secretariat in Bori, headquarters of Khana local government area and traditional headquarter of the Ogoni people, in a message to the executive committees of the National Youth Council of Ogoni People (NYCOP) drawn from the eight kingdoms and special units in Ogoniland.
Nsuke who spoke through the president of NYCOP, Theophilus Mbagah, said contemplating oil resumption in Ogoniland without first addressing the fundamental issues raised by the Ogoni People in the Ogoni Bill of Rights will amount to a deliberate design to kill the Ogoni people as the proponents of oil resumption know that the entire Ogoni will rise against it.
The MOSOP President said it was fundamental to note that the Ogoni people are not opposed to discussions on oil rather Ogoni wants it to be properly negotiated with the demands of the Ogoni people given very high priority.
Nsuke noted that given the brutal and very painful experience of the Ogoni people, oil resumption at this time will certainly be met with strong resistance.
He opined that the government should first address certain issues affecting the Ogoni people including the full implementation of the cleanup program, the decriminalization of the Ogoni 9 hanged in 1995, respect for the political rights of the Ogoni people to self determination and the development of social infrastructure in Ogoniland to pave way for industrial development of the area and employment especially for young people.
The MOSOP President said it was inhuman for the Nigerian state to neglect the Ogoni people despite the huge contributions of Ogoni to economic development of Nigeria.. Nsuke said Nigeria’s interest for the Ogoni oil rather than the people was regrettable and unacceptable.
Nsuke said, it will be genocidal for the government of Nigeria to contemplate oil production in Ogoniland without the peoples consent as it will clearly portend the determination of the government to deliberately deploy military forces against peaceful Ogoni people who are only battling for the respect of their fundamental rights to decent living.
He concluded that efforts to force oil resumption in Ogoniland without the people’s consent will be useless as it can only breed crises and dampen the hopes of a possible resolution of the conflict through peaceful dialogue.
Other faction says it stands with Ogoni on suit against Shell in the Hague
The other faction of MOSOP led by Kpalap said it stands in solidarity with the Ogonis and some families of the Ogoni nine that
have dragged Shell to court in The Hague over atrocities committed against our people in the 1990s, according to a statement by its publicity secretary, Fyneface Dumnamene Fyneface.
The statement said: “The District Court of The Hague, Netherlands will on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 in Suit Number C/09/540872/HAZA 17/1048 commence hearing in
the case brought against Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Shell Petroleum N.V.,
Shell Transport and Trading Company Ltd and Shell Petroleum
Development Company of Nigeria Ltd. by Esther Kiobel, Victoria Bera,
Blessing Kem Nordu-Eawo and Charity Paul-Levula whose husbands were
members of the Ogoni nine executed in 1995 after a bogus trial.
“The families are seeking a public apology and compensation over the
killing of their husbands and bread-winners for peacefully and
nonviolently demanding for environmental and social justice for the
Ogoni people. Other heroes who were also killed with their husbands
include Ken Saro-Wiwa, Saturday Dobee, Daniel Gbooko, Felix Nuate and
“Two of the widows, Esther Kiobel and Victoria Bera will be present at
the district court in the Hague on February 12 and have the
opportunity to testify against Shell while Charity Paul-Levula and
Blessing Kem Nordu-Eawo would be absent in court as the Netherlands
Embassy failed to grant them visas to attend the hearing, a
development the families blamed on Shell’s interference.
“MOSOP is grateful to Amnesty International and other organizations
supporting these families as they sue Shell to account for its role in
the killing of a generation of Ogoni leaders and over 3,000 other
unsung heroes in the 1990s. MOSOP hereby calls on the Embassy of the
Kingdom of Netherlands in Nigeria to kindly issue visas to the
families involved in this case to enable them attend the next court
setting in The Hague where they hope to get justice.
“In consonance with the last words of Ken Saro-Wiwa in 1995 that “…we
all stand before history. I and my colleagues are not the only ones on
trial. Shell is here on trial and it is as well that it is represented
by counsel said to be holding a watching brief….”, MOSOP welcomes
Shell to trial in the Hague over its atrocities in Ogoniland.”