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Message from Ogoni Activist Ben Ikari

Screen Shot 2013-10-15 at 01.43.07RELATED COMMENT BY JOHN DONOVAN: “I publish very few articles/press releases from Ogoni sources because you never know who is a legitimate representative of the Ogoni people and not a faction led by an ego driven individual, with a self-invented impressive title.”

By John Donovan

I have today published a message to the Ogoni people from long time Ogoni activist Ben Ikari under his headline:

“The Need For Ogoni Independence From Nigeria”

From the content of his past articles, its fair to say that Ben is not a fan of Shell.

Neither is he an admirer of Britain’s colonial involvement in Nigeria.

One of the most important aspects of his article in my view, is the rallying cry for his fellow Ogoni to stop the complaints and bickering.

The internal bickering and warring factions has created serious division and external confusion.

I publish very few articles/press releases from Ogoni sources because you never know who is a legitimate representative of the Ogoni people and not a faction led by an ego driven individual, with a self-invented impressive title.

Rightly or wrongly, that is the impression I have gained in recent years.

It would be good for the Ogoni if there was a single organization speaking with a single voice.

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