World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Ogoni Will Continue to Back President Goodluck Jonathan

Declared Dr. Goodluck Diigbo, the President and Spokesman of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP). He was addressing the Ogoni people today, January 4, 2014 to mark the 20th Anniversary of Ogoni Day at the Ken Saro-Wiwa Peace and Freedom Center, Bori, headquarters of the Ogoni Nation.

“I do not understand the wisdom of undermining Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan now, at a time that he has adopted the Ogoni Agenda to hold a Sovereign National Conference (SNC). The act of partisan prostitution has made the career of Ogoni politicians the more questionable. Who are they representing? Who are they fighting for?” Diigbo asked. Diigbo described them as “men who owe their career to the protection of the political fortune of their chosen masters, and must shake body, whenever their masters cough”.

“I believe that since the virtues requisite in a republic are no longer found in Nigeria, Jonathan’s Sovereign Conference is a powerful tool for conflict resolution and national reconciliation. Apart from the political slaves, the entire Ogoni people will continue to back him in his current position as the president of Nigeria. We have no business with 2015 Presidential election as at now,” Diigbo explained.

Even though I am extremely disappointed with the president’s inability to arrange a joint stakeholders’ review of the UNEP Ogoniland report, to charge him with non-implementation of the flawed document is to play politics with the lives of Ogoni people. This must end. From now on, we will directly join issues with Nigerian politicians that attempt to use UNEP Ogoni report as a talking point against Jonathan or for selfish wishes.

He also said that Ogoni would welcome Nigerian political parties that are ready to establish autonomous headquarters in the area. He said the decision was taken as part of measures to enforce Ogoni Self-Government. The Ogoni Central Indigenous Authority (OCIA) and MOSOP adopted the resolution at a joint Peace and Security Council meeting. “Any political party that violates the Ogoni Central Indigenous Authority (OCIA) policy does so at its own risk,” he stated.

Meanwhile, MOSOP has approved an affiliate body to be known and addressed asOgoni Freedom Associates for former “militants” as part of its rehabilitation and re-integration policy. Diigbo said those affected in Ogoni have a very unique explanation. The freedom associates became militants when they joined our neighbors, who acted in solidarity to challenge the hanging of Saro-Wiwa – MOSOP Founder and eight other Ogoni activists. The Ogoni people believe that this made “our cause, their cause.”

“The Nigerian government amnesty is not enough. We can’t wait for them to be hanged, or imprisoned for 27 years, before their recognition as freedom fighters,” Diigbo stated. They are free to hold offices in Ogoni Central Indigenous Authority as well as MOSOP. Diigbo said “freedom associates would adopt and adapt MOSOP Constitution as their own and operate in accordance with MOSOP principles and policies to remain legitimate.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Le Pen Beaten: English Congratulates Macron On French Election Win

Prime Minister Bill English has this morning congratulated Emmanuel Macron on his victory in the French presidential election. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The French Election Result

Macron is shaping as the third major test case, after Bill Clinton, after Tony Blair – on whether the aim of ‘progressive social policy’ and realities of ‘neo-liberal economic settings’ can be made to credibly co-exist within the same sentence, let alone within the decrees from the Elysee Palace. More>>

Werewolf: The Maverick On Moloka’i

Monday, April 17 was Moloka’i’s turn for some face-to-face time with Tulsi Gabbard, who is part Samoan and part haole (pakeha), a practising Hindu, and a Middle East combat veteran. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Snap Election In Britain

The election call is entirely opportunistic and self-serving and will – regardless of the outcome – put Britain in a worse negotiating position for managing its Brexit. More>>

Turkey: Observers Say Erdogan’s Constitutional Referendum Flawed

Lack of equal opportunities, one-sided media coverage and limitations on fundamental freedoms created unlevel playing field in Turkey’s constitutional referendum, international observers say. More>>

ALSO:

Westminster: NZ PM Condemns London Attack

“London is a place many thousands of New Zealanders have visited and called home, and where many more have friends and family based, so this attack feels very close to home,” Mr English says. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC