Ogoni People Issue 30-day Ultimatum to Nigerian Government
The Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People has given Nigerian Government a 30-day ultimatum to implement the recommendations of the United Nations Environment Programme on the clean-up of Ogoniland.
President of the movement, Legborsi Pyagbara, said the people of the area were already tired over the continued delay in implementing the UNEP report on Ogoni.
Speaking on Monday at the 23rd anniversary of Ogoni Day in Bori, Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, Pyagbara explained that Ogoni people would not relent in embarking on protests if the Federal Government failed to begin fully the implementation of UNEP recommendations.
Pyagbara described as pathetic a situation where the Federal Government had refused to carry out the instructions of UNEP on the clean-up of Ogoniland more than four years after the recommendation was made.
The MOSOP president warned that his people would take to the streets in peaceful protests after the expiration of the 30-day ultimatum until the UNEP report was visited.
He said, “As part of Ogoni Project 2015, we launched a multifaceted campaign involving protest, letter writing campaigns, media advocacy and international advocacy for the implementation of the UNEP report.
“We commend the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government for the renewed interest in the UNEP report and his approval of the fast-track actions for the implementation of the report.
“However, we are seizing this opportunity to remind the government that the unusual delay for the take-off of the project is becoming unbearable and indeed taxing our patience.
“We urge the Federal Government to without further delay bring into being the announced structures and the roadmap for the implementation of the report that respects the sensibilities of the communities.
“The ongoing delay on the part of the government will continue to be seen as an act of genocide being committed against the Ogoni people. We are giving the Federal Government a 30-day ultimatum to commence the implementation of the report or we will take up series of non-violent measures to press down our message,” Pyagbara said.