Ogoni back Kula communities over alleged re-entry into OML 25 oil field
• Urge FG to investigate Rivers, Shell’s activities
The Ogoni Ethnic Nationality in Rivers State has assured the Kula communities in Akuku-Toru Local Council of the state of their support for the battle over the Oil Mining Lease (OML 25).
The Ogoni, while on a visit to the communities, said their concern was anchored on their concern as a minority ethnic group who had suffered similar oppression and marginalisation in the past on OML 11 until the intervention of the United Nations (UN).
Spokesman of the group and the leader of Conscience of Ogoni People, Mr. Gani Topba, however, urged the Federal Government to probe move by the state government and Shell to forcefully reopen the oil field without following due process.
Topba, who regretted that the Ogoni people were neglected and abandoned for several decades that Shell operated in their area, stressed that Kula Kingdom faced same challenge for over 40 years the firm drilled their resources.
“We the people of Ogoni have had same fate and we have come to see your pains. Our visit today is to show support to your quest for Shell to leave your land.
“This is what Ken Saro-Wiwa, Isaac Boro and other great sons of Niger Delta died for. Saro-Wiwa saw it earlier that with the way Shell is going, that they would be forced out of Niger Delta one day.”
He commended the people of Kula Kingdom for adopting a non-violent approach in their quest for justice, stressing that their demand for Shell’s exit from the area must be achieved.
Also, the Spokesman of Kula Council of Chiefs, Alabo Fiala Okoye-Davies, commended the Ogoni people for identifying with them at their trying period, adding that the visit has reassured them of victory.
Okoye-Davies said: “We are happy that you have come to identify with us in this time. The issue of this OML25 has lingered as we have told the Presidency that everything concerning this OML25 should be divested to an indigenous company, preferably Belemaoil Producing Limited, because of the antecedent that we have seen.”
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