1st Anniversary of Ogoni Self-Government Declaration
“End Corruption,” Diigbo urges the Ogoni Self-Government in Nigeria
The Ogoni people today, 2nd of August 2013 marked the First Anniversary of the Ogoni Self government declaration.
Speaking on the occasion, the President /Spokesman of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), Dr. Goodluck Diigbo commended the Ogoni people for their perseverance and determination to preserve their self-government.
“Now that we have the Ogoni Central Indigenous Authority, we must keep nurturing our self-government in line with our customs and traditions, political, economic and social structures in order to enjoy the benefits of self-government and self-actualization,” Diigbo said.
In 1990, the Ogoni people issued the Ogoni Bill of Rights in which they demanded for poltical autonomy, otherwise called self-government or self-determination.
“We must keep our self government free from the bondage of corruption, which is a virus killing Nigeria,” Diigbo remarked.
Diigbo said the precondition of for the implementation of the UNEP Ogoniland Environmental Assessment report is to conduct joint stakeholders’ review involving Shell, Chevron, NNPC, UNEP and the Ogoni people, including experts appointed by MOSOP and the Ogoni Central Indigenous Authority.
He said that the Ogoni people should not allow those calling for the implementation of the half-hearted report to confuse them. The report underestimated the damage done in 55 years and was based only on information supplied by the Nigerian government and Shell, the two leading partners in crime.