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

 


Nigeria: Ogoni Bans Save Rivers State Movement

The President / Spokesman of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), Dr. Goodluck Diigbo has appealed to the Save Rivers State Movement to stay away from Ogoniland until further notice; the outcome of an emergency joint Peace and Security Council Meeting held by the Ogoni Central Indigenous Authority (OCIA) and MOSOP.

Diigbo said that if the organizers ignore the joint decision by the JOINT OCIA and MOSOP Resolution, the Ogoni people should not welcome them or their sponsors.

He said the decision was prompted by the disturbances in Bori yesterday January 19, 2014, which OCIA and MOSOP hold “Save Rivers State Movement” responsible and want the movement banned for now.

The Council also decided that affected Ogoni people should submit documentation of their losses, casualties and other harms caused them.

In his remarks, Diigbo said: “While the organizers may have a good intention to help their own political career, given the fiasco at its first rally on the 12th of January at the Rivers State College of Arts and Science in Port Harcourt; it was clearly heartless, insensitive and offensive to rush to Ogoniland, as if to justify the negative impacts and costs of that first rally on Ogoni.”

“We, the people of Ogoni, are also at this time, trying to save our land, people and culture. We are not better placed to save Rivers State. Notably, Rivers State is one of Nigeria’s ill-thought political structures that had failed Ogoni. It has always been used as oppressive instrument to massacre and hang Ogoni leaders. Over time, Rivers State Government has greatly contributed to our economic exploitation, political marginalization, impoverishment, victimization and incarceration of thousands of innocent Ogoni youth, as well as the desecration of our ancestral heritage,” Diigbo maintained.

He warned Ogonis residing in Port Harcourt, who often use the name of MOSOP to inspire irresponsible politicians to look down and invade Ogoni people, “to pause, and carefully consider the potential consequences of their utterances, actions and miscalculation.”

“The Ogoni people, who recently lost their lands, family members and suffered incurable injuries and pains when they resisted plantain plantation are listening and watching. I will be shocked if the Ogoni people will give up self-government to save Rivers State”.

On the use of All Saints Cathedral, Diocese of Ogoni, Anglican Communion on Hospital road in Bori, he said that MOSOP once wrote to Abuja headquarters of the Church “to end continual use of its building in Bori as event-venue to counter Ogoni agenda, progress and freedom. Then, the Church was trying to save the MOSOP clique that has since returned to Port Harcourt.”

He said Anglican Church in Bori, local Ogoni politicians, Save Rivers State Movement and those claiming to be running another MOSOP from Port Harcourt are held responsible by the Ogoni people for the consequences of yesterday’s Save Rivers State Rally.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Peace Deal ‘first Step’ In Resolving South Sudan Crisis

Children at a protection of civilians site in Juba, South Sudan, run by the UN Mission, perform at a special cultural event in March 2015. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine More>>

Yemen: Killing Or Maiming An Average Of Eight Children A Day

Killing or maiming an average of eight children a day, ‘brutal’ Yemen conflict must end – UNICEF More>>

Changing Habits/behaviours Key To Overcome Vaccine Hesitancy

Vaccine hesitancy can be caused by factors such as negative beliefs based on myths, misinformation. Fear of needles can be a factor for refusal. Photo: PAHO/WHO More>>

Burundi: Ban Condemns Assassination Of Senior Army Officer

Refugees from Burundi in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo: OCHA/Naomi Frerotte United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the assassination Burundi’s former Army Chief of Staff, Colonel Jean Bikomagu, who ... More>>

Deadly Industrial Explosions In Northern China

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and the injuries to scores of people as a result of deadly explosions in Tianjin, China. More>>

UN Urges Action To Tackle Deepening Refugee Crisis In Greece

A group of Syrian refugees arrive on the island of Lesbos after travelling in an inflatable raft from Turkey, near Skala Sykaminias, Greece. Photo: UNHCR/A. McConnell More>>

Probe Into Those Responsible For Chemical Weapons In Syria

The US Vessel Cape Ray, on which all 581 metric tonnes of a precursor chemical for sarin gas were removed from Syria and safely destroyed as the ship sailed in international waters in 2014. Photo: US Dept. of Transportation More>>

Myanmar Election: UNICEF Urges Prioritisation Of Children

With 99 days to go before Myanmar elections, UNICEF urges candidates make children the clear winner More>>

Liberia Thousands Of Unregistered Children Born During Ebola Crisis

Thousands of unregistered children born in Liberia during Ebola crisis at risk of exploitation – UNICEF More>>

UN Refugee Agency Envoy Angelina Jolie Visits Myanmar

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt (left) in Myitkyina township, Kachin State, Myanmar, meeting with some of the 100,000 displaced people who currently live there. Photo: UNHCR/T.Stoddart More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news