The actual implementation of recommendations by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on Ogoniland might not commence till next year. The Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, has, however, said President Muhammadu Buhari remains committed to the mission, perceived delays notwithstanding.

Written statement submitted by Society for Threatened Peoples, a non-governmental organization in special consultative status. The  Secretary General has received the  following  written  statement  which is circulated in accordance with Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/31.

Petroleum was discovered in Ogoni at Bomu (Dere) in 1958; since then an estimated US 100 billion dollars worth of oil has been carted away from Ogoniland , Nigeria . In return for this, the Ogoni have no pipe-borne water, no electricity, very few roads, ill equipped schools and hospitals and no industry whatsoever. Since 1985 the enviroment and with it the livelihood for about 500,000 Ogoni people have started to dissapear.

 On behalf of the Ogoni people, its spirits and fallen heroes, I welcome you to Ogoniland.

At the outset, I must convey the deepest appreciation of the Ogoni People to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari for fulfilling his electioneering promise to the Ogoni people that he would address the environmental crisis in the land. This flag-off today of the clean-up and restoration of Ogoniland is indeed a testament to a leader whose words had become his bond and sets him apart from several other politicians home and abroad. The President had indeed become Africa’s latest export to the global community on issues of leadership integrity, honesty and discipline. We congratulate him and all those who had believe in him through this journey of change, particularly his wife, Mrs. Aisha Buhari that had propelled him to attain this great feat. A noble character is the result of the surrender of self for the service of love to God and man, we believe in the President’s nobility of character. We also thank the indefatigable Hon. Minister of Environment, Mrs. Amina Mohammed and her team, for making this day a reality.

Repression in Ogoniland, Nigeria, has intensified following the execution of Ogoni writer Ken Saro-Wiwa together with eight other civil rights activists by the military regime in 1995. Locals face increasing harassment at military checkpoints, travel restrictions and bans on public meetings. The Saro-Wiwa's Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People claims that dozens of teachers, pastors and prominent community members have recently been arrested and detained, even just for expressing their opinion or mourning Saro Wiwa’s death. In the 1990s, Saro-Wiwa led environmental and economic rights campaigns and called for self-determination and a greater share of oil revenue in the Ogoni region, affected by environmental degradation as a result of Shell oil extraction.

Legborsi Pyagbara is the President of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, (MOSOP) . In this interview with Daniel Abia, he speaks on why federal troops deployed from the 2nd Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Port Harcourt to quell the crisis in Ogoni in which over nineteen people were reportedly killed including a pregnant woman, could never be a solution to the problem in that area. He took time to reflect on the latest development on the implementation of the United Nations Environmental Program, UNEP, report on Ogoni environment under President Mohammadu Buhari’s government, and other interesting issues. Excerpts:

On the 2 January 2015, supporters of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) gathered to protest at the capital of Rivers State, Port Harcourt, to demand political and environmental justice, equality and freedom.  Legborsi Pzagbara, the President of MOSOP, stated that addressing Ogoni issues must have high priority, including the request for key political positions for Ogoni representatives in the Nigerian Government.

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