NIGERIA: Mexican Company Declared Persona non grata in Ogoniland
Massive shootings and explosions were again reported on Friday, September 14, 2012 in Ogoniland, where well armed Nigerian security forces had forcefully occupied over 2,000 acres of land in order to vigorously set up a banana plantation for a Mexican agricultural firm: Union De Iniciativa S.A. De C.V. against the will of the Ogoni people.
In reaction, MOSOP today quickly adopted a resolution to declare the Union De Iniciativa S.A. De C.V. persona non grata in Ogoniland.
Following today’s banning of the Mexican company, the Ogoni people will collectively apply stiffer cultural resistance measures to keep the Mexican firm out of Ogoniland.
MOSOP President /Spokesman, Dr. Goodluck Diigbo justified the move saying that the Mexican company conspired with the Rivers State Government to violate the indigenous rights of the Ogoni people and to test the will of the Ogoni Self Government.
Diigbo said that “it is not the use of force against Ogoni that will commit Ogoni to Nigeria. What will commit Ogoni to Nigeria is for Nigeria to fulfill its mandatory obligations under the United Nations Charter and UNDRIP to openly work with the Ogoni self government as declared on August 2, 2012.”
The Mexican firm is the second foreign company to be declared persona non grata in Ogoniland.
The first was the Anglo-Royal Dutch/Shell on January 4, 1993 under the leadership of Ken Saro-Wiwa.
In the past months, there have been two previous series of bombings and shootings, which the Rivers State Government was held responsible; and was linked to attempts to destabilize Ogoni in the wake of the August 2, 2012 Ogoni Self Government Declaration. Then, Diigbo wrote to the Mexican Embassy in Nigeria, but neither the company nor the embassy showed any interest in peaceful resolution.