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Concern at ex-militants' involvement in Ogoni exercise

17 February 2016, 20:12

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 exercise.

“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.

Also read: Buhari urges Jonathan to call ex-militants to order 

“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 Tom.

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 undertaken. 


- CAJ News

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