Attempt to sell OML 11, affront on Ogoni people – MOSOP
Port Harcourt – The Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOP, says it is gravely disappointed at reports regarding attempts by some faceless Ogoni elements seeking divestment of OML 11, the oil concession covering Ogoniland, to their corporation.
President of MOSOP, Mr. Legborsi Saro Pyagbara, stated this in Port Harcourt, claiming that enemies of Ogoni who are averse to the implementation of the Ogoni clean-up project, were at work using some local Ogoni chiefs, elites and politicians to cause crisis that would be unsuitable to carrying out the exercise.
Pyagbara said that any attempt regarding oil divestment, re-commencement of oil exploration and production activity in Ogoniland is an affront on the Ogoni people
According to him, “Coming at a time when the Ogoni people are sustaining efforts at urgent implementation of comprehensive remediation and restoration of the hydrocarbon-ruined Ogoni environment before any other matter relating thereto may be negotiated, we consider the approach condemnable, provocative and assaulting to the collective interest of our people.
“In so far as we are concerned, the attempt at this time is not only insensitive but also betrayal of our people. We insist that the issue of oil, including extraction resumption, cannot be a matter to be approached secretly and of a select few but would genuinely have the full participation of all Ogoni citizens.
“We would thus warn this faceless group and similar interests to immediately halt the pursuit as the issue of divestment of OML 11 and resumption of oil production in Ogoniland is not on the Ogoni card for now but clean-up of the degraded Ogoni environment.”
MOSOP also accused the Shell Petroleum and Development Company, SPDC, of propagating seeds of discord among the Ogoni people.
Pyagbara further reiterated that Ogoni will resist all attempts to sell or buy the Ogoni oil block or resumption of oil extraction through the back door without the involvement of the people.