Ogoni Self-Government on Course
Injustice against Ogoni risks the fate of Nigeria, Says MOSOP President/Spokesman, Dr. Goodluck Diigbo
“We cannot be pushed,” Diigbo alerted, saying: “Violent action wasn’t part of the 2nd August Declaration of Course of Action,” as he reacted to recent newspaper publications laden with insinuations:
“But I must say that it (declaration) was a mere internet declaration. But if it had gotten the support of the six kingdoms of Ogoniland, if it had gotten the support of the entire Ogoni people, by now the government of Nigeria and oil companies will be struggling on what action to take". http://allafrica.com/stories/201208070255.html
“Already, 2,720 elected village council members and 66 district representatives began meetings with local politicians on Monday, August 6, 2012 after the thanksgiving on Sunday, August 5, 2012 to mark our Self-Government Declaration. There may be distractions, but Ogoni self-government cannot be derailed,” Diigbo noted.
“Any decision outside of declared course of action will not be approved by MOSOP and will not be supported by the Ogoni people. If it is absolutely necessary to take further action; that decision will be made after the process announced is completed,” Diigbo explained.
“Don’t engage in double-talk, public deception and old-fashioned tactics that have brought no good to the Ogoni people or Nigeria. I have been pressured that even the Ijaws are split, Yorubas split, Hausa-Fulani split and Ibos split and have created different fronts in order to benefit on one side and pursue their demands on the other side. I will not speak from both side of my mouth,” Diigbo declared.
Moreover: “There is nothing called MOSOP Provisional Council (MPC) to represent another face of MOSOP. Why did former President Olusengun Obasanjo not set up a Nigeria Provisional Council (NPC), when he couldn’t hold unto office? I expected the media and any credible institution, NGO or government to question the legitimacy of the socalled MPC behind this notion of double-talk. Neither MOSOP nor Ogoni is for sale. Double talk is ruled out and Ogonis cannot be fooled again. Self-government for Ogoni is on course. I look back; I remember how much we were ignored in the 1990s. Doubts abound on facing ruthless military dictators and the powerful Anglo-Royal Dutch/Shell. But, the gravity for any mistake now will be heavier for Nigeria, if this peaceful process is ignored. Injustice now puts the fate of Nigeria at risk, just as the petroleum industry was brought into question by reckless oil operations. I realize Nigeria’s elites hardly learn from history,” Dr. Goodluck Diigbo remarked.