Cancer spreading in Ogoniland, says MOSOP
Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has insisted that a good number of children are showing signs suspected to be cancer, raising fears of serious health crisis and gradual extinction of the Ogoni people in Niger Delta region.
Its President, Fegalo Nsuke, in a statement, said: “We are in real danger. And our investigations reveal that more children are developing signs of the ailment; specifically, 80 per cent of children under the age of 10 are diagnosed with cysts in the mouth.
“This is very alarming and to the best of our knowledge, it suggests a significant genetic mutation or an unsafe environment that makes our children prone to cysts. A UNEP report showed that benzene pollution in our waters is 900 times more than the acceptable level.
“This is a cause for serious concern, especially now that we are seeing likely consequences, and the discovery underscores the need to revisit the entire cleanup, which has been used for political appeasement and not actually an effort to correct the damaging effects of pollution in the Ogoni area.”
He regretted the situation in Ogoni, which he stressed, was already a humanitarian crisis as the lives of children and the people are now at stake, putting the entire future of the Ogoni nationality in danger.
Nsuke attributed the outbreak of the ailment to the failure of government agencies to implement the UNEP report.
“MOSOP will not take it lightly with Shell and the Federal Government, the organisation is very determined to take this matter to the global stage for the entire world to see what a multinational in alliance has done to innocent children.”
According to him, the world must know about the conduct of Shell in Ogoni land, so that they can better appreciate the company’s genocidal operations, which have been executed in a alliance with government for decades.
He called for immediate health audit on Ogoni people, noting that such a programme must be comprehensively carried out in Ogoni communities as the underground waters in the area have been scientifically proven to be contaminated.