Battle for oil splits Ogoni monarchs, MOSOP


The Movement for Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has disowned monarchs in Ogoniland, who endorsed an indigenous oil firm, Robo-Michael Limited, to resume oil production in the area.

It noted that the Supreme Council of Ogoni Traditional Rulers should not have taken sides in the matter.

MOSOP, yesterday in Port Harcourt, through its Publicity Secretary, Fegalo Nsuke, said: “We wish to state that the endorsement does not in anyway represent the wishes of our (Ogoni) people. We reject and dissociate MOSOP from it.

“MOSOP reiterates its earlier position that it has not and will not endorse any oil company, be it Robo-Michael Limited, Belema Oil Producing Limited, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) or any other firm, for the purpose of resuming oil production in Ogoniland, until the issues raised by the Ogoni people are addressed through dialogue.

“No amount of sponsored blackmail will alter our position on the interest of the Ogoni people in the Ogoni oil and on other issues affecting Ogoniland.”

The organisation said that it was dismayed at the United Kingdom’s appeal court judgment that blocked an attempt to hold Shell accountable for crimes in the Niger Delta.

It noted that the decision would not exonerate the Anglo/Dutch oil giant from its crimes in the Niger Delta.

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Bura-Bari Nwilo lives in Port Harcourt, in Nigeria. He is the author of A Tiny Place Called Happiness – a book of stories.

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