Abuja - The Movement for the Survival of the
Ogoni People (MOSOP) has opposed the involvement of ex-militants in the
Ogoni cleanup programme.
Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, General
Paul Boroh, has been quoted as saying ex-militants would secure the the
“MOSOP wishes to state unequivocally that there is no security
threat to the Ogoni clean-up exercise except General Boroh is instigating one,
which he will need to clarify,” said Fegalo Nsuke, Publicity Secretary (MOSOP).
“Boroh’s statement is not only suspicious but corroborates
our fears that the government has deliberately ignored the Ogoni environmental
restoration project citing frivolous excuses.”
Nsuke said MOSOP noted the Ogoni people eagerly awaited the
implementation of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) report in
Ogoniland and would fully cooperate all agencies including security personnel
for the success of the programme.
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“We are however disturbed by Gen. Boroh’s strange security
arrangements outside the police and other relevant agencies charged with the
responsibility to secure our people at all times,” said Nsuke.
The official said MOSOP, which represents about a million
indigenous Ogoni in campaigning for social, economic and environmental justice
in the Niger Delta, was worried about the security implications of Boroh’s
statement especially his said discussions with said ex-militants like Ateke
However, MOSOP, on behalf of the Ogoni people, was in
support of the Ogoni cleanup and assured the government, volunteers and
security agencies and relevant stakeholders of its cooperation.
“We will assiduously work to ensure the success of the
programme the willingness of all sections of the Ogoni community to corporate
with the process,” said Nsuke.
The environmental restoration of Ogoniland would be one of
the world’s most wide-ranging and long term oil clean-up exercise ever
- CAJ News