Ogoni Moves to Final Phase of Enforcement of UN Declaration
20th Ogoni Day Anniversary
The Ogoni People remain committed to a continual process of enforcement of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
In his speech on the occasion of the 20th Ogoni Day Anniversary today, January 4, 2013, held at Ken Saro-Wiwa Peace and Freedom Center, Bori – the headquarters of Ogoni, MOSOP President/Spokesman, Dr. Goodluck Diigbo said that MOSOP adopted the Transition Committee Recommendations on phases of implementation the Ogoni Central Indigenous Authority.
Diigbo explained that the ongoing enforcement at village and district levels was vital to the process; because the Ogoni Central Indigenous Authority is based on a bottom-up culture of development and governance strategy.
The final phase of enforcement of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) will now take off without delay in line with the self-government declaration of August 2, 2012, and the public early warning and notification served Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan early August last year.
Diigbo commended the Transition Committee headed by the President of Ogoni Council of Churches, Sir Mike Ibirah, and likened the Ogoni struggle for freedom to crops, which after they have been planted required continual tendering and nurture until the day of harvest.
MOSOP P resident and Spokesman said it was very important for all Ogonis remain steadfast and focused on the vision of self government for which MOSOP was founded.
Thousands of Ogonis, including children, men, women, dancing groups, church organizations, and all the affiliates of MOSOP had played various roles in organizing this year’s anniversary.
Diigbo said the next anniversary will be the responsibility of the Ogoni Central Indigenous Authority (OCIA), which is expected to become functional before the next celebration.