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MOSOP disowns Ogoni people who met Tinubu in Aso Rock

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The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has vehemently condemned the recent meeting between President Bola Tinubu and some leaders of Ogoni in the Villa.

The group in a terse statement said such meeting was not a true reflection of the Ogoni people.

According to the self determination group, the meeting which was facilitated by a prominent figure in the oil and gas industry in collaboration “with some government-paid chiefs of Ogoni land is a slight on the Ogoni people in particular, and a denigration of the struggles of the entire Niger Delta people”.

The statement which was signed by the President of MOSOP, Mr Fegalo Nsuke stated that the meeting was “motivated by greed aimed at misrepresenting the situation on ground to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu”.

Nsuke noted that those who were at the meeting had little or no knowledge about how Shell left Ogoni; or what drives the Ogoni struggle.

“They are completely ignorant of the painstaking efforts made by MOSOP at the village and community levels to sensitize our people on the need to revisit the oil production issue after decades of battling with selfish and divisive forces.

“The audacity to misrepresent facts on a sensitive issue like oil resumption in Ogoni is an act of economic sabotage, considering the progress so far made in resolving the Ogoni issue once and for all. That is why MOSOP sees the meeting as a failed attempt to make the Federal Government lose the Ogoni People’s confidence.

“Even though the said meeting was intended to frustrate the gains of MOSOP’s campaigns and community sensitization to permanently address the problems in Ogoni, MOSOP remains committed to its development goals and will continue to work with relevant stakeholders, especially the Federal Government to achieve them.

“MOSOP’s main objective is to achieve a peaceful settlement of this protracted conflict and to bring Ogoni on the path of growth and development. But we insist on a genuine, broad-based and transparent negotiation process that considers the interest of all parties for a mutually beneficial compromise.

“The progress recorded so far in convincing the Ogoni people to embrace the idea of development through the resumption of oil production in our area had been well thought of and anchored on mutual benefits”, he said in the statement.

Speaking further in the statement, Nsuke stressed that the position of MOSOP should always be taken into consideration on issues of Ogoni oil to achieve a mutually beneficial agreement in the interest of all parties.

While distancing MOSOP from the misrepresentation at the said meeting with Mr Tinubu on Wednesday, 15th May, 2024, Nsuke said the group remains committed to pursuing its goals as the only mandated voice of the Ogoni people as expressed in the Ogoni Bill of Rights wherein it states: “Now therefore, we mandate the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) to make representations on behalf of the nationality…”

“MOSOP demands a fair and just treatment of the Ogoni people through the operationalization of the Ogoni Development Authority (ODA) proposed to the government as an acceptable pathway to the resolution of the Ogoni problem.

“The Ogoni people (MOSOP) lost an estimated 4,000 lives in our struggle against Shell and Abacha. We maintain that those sacrifices made the Ogoni oil available for which people are scrambling today. We therefore insist that as critical stakeholders, our position as a matter of necessity be considered in any decisions relating to the resumption of oil production in Ogoni.

“MOSOP notes that it has taken us over five years of community sensitization and reorientation towards our proposed development programme to win the support of the Ogoni people. We will urge the Nigerian authorities not to allow a few selfish business people to flagrantly jettison our collective gains.

“We therefore urge the Federal Government under President Bola Tinubu to initiate a broad-ba”

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