Ogoni Autonomy Gets D-Day
General Assembly sets 2nd August 2012 for Ogoni Political Autonomy
The date to decide the destiny of Ogoni people in southern Nigeria is set to be on the 2nd of August, 2012.
It means Ogonis will observe every 2nd of August each year as a day of internal independence in Nigeria.
This will be the first time that the Ogoni people will exercise self-determination in almost 111 years.
The General Assembly of the Ogoni people voted today, July 31, 2012 to approve the 2nd of August as a part of the nationwide general conference on the United Nations Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Tens of thousands of Ogoni people participated in the conference.
A MOSOP Media Statement said the date was tabled by MOSOP President /Spokesman, Dr. Goodluck Diigbo at the Ken Saro-Wiwa Peace and Freedom Center, Bori – ancient and modern capital of Ogoni.
Diigbo said by the adoption and approval of a date for political autonomy by the Ogoni people themselves; the Ogoni have reshaped a new future for their nation, children and grandchildren and succeeding generations unborn.
“I am very delighted to announce that the Ogoni autonomy is irreversible,” Diigbo declared.2nd of August 2012 has been declared a work free day for all Ogonis.
Details of Motion and Resolution:
Summary of the Motion and Resolution on setting a Date for Political Autonomy of Ogoni
At a conference, on 31 July 2012, a constituted General Assembly of the Ogoni people voted on a motion DPA/001/2012 and resolution DPA/002/2012 tabled by Dr. Goodluck Diigbo – MOSOP President /Spokesman of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP).
The two motions relating to questions on setting and adopting 2 August 2012 as the Date of the proposed Declaration of Political Autonomy (DPA) by the Ogoni people in southern Nigeria.
By general acclamation, the General Assembly unanimously supported, voted and approved the motion and adopted the resolution, setting 2nd of August, 2012 as the date of political autonomy for Ogoni.
The resolution DPA/002/2012, on 31 July 31 2012, sealed the date.
In addition, the General Assembly adopted and approved a secondary motion making the 2nd of August every year as a work free day for Ogonis to mark the date of Political Autonomy within the framework of the Nigerian Federation.
The process took place at the Ken Saro-Wiwa Peace and Freedom Center, Bori, the ancient and modern Capital of Ogoni.