The African Cultural and Fundamental Rights Council (AFCRC) USA is, on behalf of the Ogoni people of Nigeria organizing a peaceful rally/protest, picketing at the premises of the Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC., USA. Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2012; time is 10 am to 1230 pm. The Nigerian Embassy is located at: 3519 International Court, NW Washington, DC, 20008.
Meanwhile, members of the public are free to call the embassy ahead of time and after at 202-986-8400 to express their concerns and request that Ambassador Adebowale Adefuye dialogue with his home government on the need to immediately clean and restore the dying Ogoni environment. Please join in and occupy, protest and put pressure on the embassy, ambassador to pressure the government of Nigeria to work with $hell Oil and clean the Ogoni environment they both degrade.
Facts to Note: $hell started oil exploitation in Ogoni in 1958. The only benefit Ogoni has received is environmental degradation and death, which the UNEP report of August 2011 confirms. The government has a joint-venture with $hell so they have conspired to commit this crime-degrading the environment and killing Ogonis. In comparing the Nigerian-$hell situation with American-BP case, they are both different except oil spills and damages. That is, no joint venture exist between American government and BP contrary Nigeria’s case. Also the Ogoni pollution is cumulative.
That is, oil has been spilled since $hell struck oil in 1958, in Ogoni. BP’s in the Gulf of Mexico happened within a short period and in the same year the Obama government held her accountable. In Nigeria $hell is more powerful than the government. The company does not only manipulate the rules and plant its men and women as WikiLeaks Cable revelation shows. It also bribes lawmakers and government regulators to overlook these rules and regulations while the land and people die. This irresponsible and reckless acts have gone on for decades, hence the time-bomb on which Ogoni and other Niger deltans sit.
ACTION needed therefore is to demand that the Nigerian government and $hell Oil immediately implement the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) report on the Ogoni environment. The scientific report was released on August 4, 2011. Government and $hell have not done anything to intervene and clean the environment.
Government and $hell have not thought of relocating and providing alternate drinking water for the Ogonis, which UNEP report says are drinking water contaminated with benzene (resulting from oil exploitation) 900 times higher than world Health Organization and Nigeria’s standards. Visit link for UNEP REPORT: www.unep.org/nigeria
Benzene is, of course, known to be a very deadly substance associated with cancer, the depletion of the T-cells; and weakens the immune system. The report also says hydrocarbons (oil) contamination has penetrated six feet beneath the earths surface. This means underground water is contaminated.
According to the report (and what Ogonis and others who have visited the area know), the water sources: rivers, creeks, and air, crops, other plants have been polluted due to reckless oil exploitation, so it will take about thirty years to restore the environment environment. Sadly, Ogonis are dying faster than not; life expectancy here is less than 50 years. As a result quick intervention from Nigerian government, $hell Oil and support from the international community is needed.
America, which provides credit like other nation-states to $hell and other oil companies, and buys most of the oil Nigerian government and $hell forced (stole) from Ogoni/Niger delta, and provide the technology with some other Western states for the oil sector in Nigeria; European Union (EU), African Union (AU), local and international media, especially American media, should please help on moral grounds to save Ogoni from deliberate, man-made extinction.
Thank you very much for assisting to save the Ogoni people and their land.
Ben Ikari, Director of African Cultural and Fundamental Rights Council (AFCRC), USA.
For more info, feel free to contact Ben Ikari at [email protected], 314-827-2874.