Abuja - The Movement for the Survival of the
Ogoni People (MOSOP) has expressed outrage at the reported invasion of
Ogoni communities by the Nigerian military.
The apex organisation of the Ogoni people thus demanded the
immediate withdrawal of the soldiers in the area in Rivers State.
Reports suggest there has been violence to Bori where the
military has allegedly bee shooting indiscriminately and advancing into
adjoining communities including Zaakpon.
“We consider as extremely disappointing and unfortunate
these unprovoked military violence against our people, which betrays
repressively sinister motive and reminiscent of our sad past,” said Fegalo
Nsuke, Publicity Secretary of MOSOP.
“We find it difficult to rationalise the wisdom in this
military campaign, cruelly motivated by hidden and evil intent. No matter what
may be adduced to have informed this appalling military approach, violence in
our view, cannot provide the necessary solution to civil issues but dialogue.”
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Nsuke said the military must therefore “tread cautiously”
and maintain its independence and professionalism as well as resist attempts by
some politicians to drag them into politics or being used to commit human
“Facts abound that Ogoni had made enormous sacrifices
including paying the supreme price for the rebirth and sustenance of the
current democracy. We have thus expected that we would be treated fairly and
not turning our communities into theatres of violence and killing fields.”
MOSOP, a mass‐based social movement organisation
of the indigenous Ogoni people, appealed for the international community to
“For obvious reasons, we would be protesting the unprovoked
violation of the inalienable rights of our people including the right to life
to the United Nations, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation and
Nigeria's National Human Rights Commission,” Nsuke said.
The Army's presence has been attributed to the prevalence of
militias in the region.
- CAJ News