The President of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), Comrade Legborsi Saro Pyagbara has called on governments all over the world and corporations to promote greater access to information and establish transparency mechanisms in their operations if the three pillars of the United Nations Guiding Principles (UNGP) on Business and Human Rights are to be achieved. He made the call in Geneva, Switzerland, November 17, 2015. 

Members of the umbrella organisation of the Ogoni people (MOSOP) has profoundly commended her domestic and international friends, supporters including the press and the Ogoni people for the massive support and participation in the activities of the joint celebration of the silver jubilee of the Ogoni struggle for justice and the twentieth (20th) anniversary of our fallen heroes organised under the auspices of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People. The events included Ogoni National Congress, interdenominational thanksgiving church service, public lecture, candle light procession and vigil and martyrs’ live musical concert.

(Being the solidarity address by Femi Falana SAN at the 20th year anniversary remembrance of the judicial murder of Ken Saro-Wiwa and other Ogoni leaders).

20 years ago, the military wing of the fascist State decided to silence the Ogoni People. The alleged offence committed by the Ogoni People was that they had the temerity to reject the degradation of their environment by Shell Development Corporation and the Federal Government.

The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has released the programme of activities for the joint celebration of the silver jubilee of the Ogoni struggle for justice and the twentieth anniversary of the death of our heroes. The activities spanning November 2015 to January 2016 are as follows:

The apex platform of the Ogoni people, MOSOP, has expressed grave disappointment at reports regarding attempts by some self-centred and faceless Ogoni elements dubiously seeking divestment of OML 11, which accommodates the Ogoni oil concession, to their corporation. Coming at a time when the Ogoni people are sustaining efforts at urgent implementation of comprehensive remediation and restoration of the hydrocarbon ruined Ogoni environment before any other matter relating thereto may be negotiated, we consider the approach condemnable, provocative and assaulting the collective interest of our people; and unfortunate. We suspect that enemies of Ogoni that are averse to the implementation of the Ogoni clean-up project may be at work using some local Ogoni chiefs, elites and politicians that mortgaged their conscience for pecuniary benefits to cause crisis that would be unsuitable to carrying out the exercise.

Marking the United Nations (UN) World Food Day, the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) called on governments around the globe to decisively confront the food crisis plaguing the world with appropriate policies and laws soothing to subduing hunger and starvation. African countries, we must say, have been worst hit by food insecurity as their national governments have invested negligibly in agricultural development as against other spheres of their national economies, which have failed to translate into improving the food needs of the peoples.

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