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Reflections on the Judicial Murder of the Ogoni Nine

MOVEMENT FOR THE SURVIVAL OF THE OGONI PEOPLE (MOSOP) USA
P.O. BOX 607113 CHICAGO, IL 60626

Contact: IkpoBari Senewo      
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NOVEMBER 10, 1995: A DOZEN YEARS LATER
Reflections on the Judicial Murder of the Ogoni Nine

On the occasion of the 12th Anniversary of the judicial murder of the Ogoni Nine, MOSOP-USA, and the entire Ogoni people in the Diaspora continue to mourn the loss of our heroes; – Ken Saro-Wiwa, John Kpuinen, Barinem Kiobel, Daniel Gbokoo, Felix Nuate, Paul Levura, Nordu Eawo, Saturday Dobee and Baribor Beera May their innocent souls rest in the bosom of the Almighty Father. Amen.

On this sad day, MOSOP-USA calls on:

1. The Ogoni people  to use this occasion to deeply reflect on the supreme sacrifices paid by the Ogoni 9 and all Ogoni sons and daughters who lost their lives in this struggle, and the derailment of the struggle occasioned by disunity, infighting  and the negative impacts these have had on the furtherance of the Ogoni Struggle.

2. The Ogoni people (home and abroad) to sheathe their differences and unite to nonviolently fight against Shell and its cohorts, and for the betterment of Ogoniland.

3. The Government of Nigeria to immediately expunge all trumped up and criminality charges leveled against Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni 8, and under which they were judicially hanged 12 years ago.

4. The Government of Nigeria to give the Ogoni people a STATE of their own, under whichever name might deemed necessary thereafter by the Ogoni people. Ogoniland is endowed with human and natural resources crucial to its growth, development and sustainability as a STATE, if created. An OGONI STATE will, in no way, be a liability on Nigeria!

5. The United Nations to formally impress on the government of Nigeria to immediately implement the 1995 UN Fact-Finding Mission’s recommendations on Ogoniland, as read and adopted at the United Nations Headquarters on April 23rd, 1996. 

6. MOSOP-USA categorically states that Shell remains persona non grata in Ogoniland. It should be prepared to sincerely address the demands of the Ogoni people; and should not attempt to force its resumption of operations in Ogoniland. 

7. MOSOP-USA further strongly condemns the Governments of Nigeria and Rivers State’s attempts to impose Shell on the Ogoni people. MOSOP-USA calls on the governments to henceforth desist from forcing Shell and and/or any other multinational oil prospecting company on the Ogoni people. Rather, the government should start addressing the demands of the Ogoni people as enshrined in the Ogoni Bill of Rights (OBR); supported by the St. Louis Accord of March 2006.

8. MOSOP-USA Condemns the spate of banditry, kidnappings and cult activities that have recently engulfed Ogoniland, Rivers State and the entire Niger Delta, and  calls on all such instruments of destabilization to end their unproductive activities, in the interest of peace, progress and development and immediately release all kidnapped persons in their custody.

9. MOSOP-USA strongly condemns Shell’s continued use of the Nigerian military to crack down on innocent Ogonis as it recently did in Gio, Tai LGA. MOSOP-USA urges both federal and state governments to launch an investigation into that incident, and foot the medical bill of all those wounded in the sadistic military action at Gio, Ogoni. It demands that the Federal government of Nigeria abrogate the 1978 Land Use Act that has been used to force Ogonis off their ancestral lands. Its inclusion in the Nigerian Constitution is both discriminatory and oppressive to the Ogoni and Niger Deltans!

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For more information, or to schedule an interview with the President, Mr. IkpoBari Senewo, please email Catherine Nwileh-Ibeagha (Sec-Gen) or Felix Gumnwee (PRO) at [email protected] .

The Ogonis are 500,000 in number and Ogoniland is in the Niger Delta of Nigeria. The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) is a developmental and cultural organisation of the Ogoni People.  It is a non-governmental and non-political organisation and its aim is to educate Ogonis on their human rights, promote democratic awareness and protect the Ogoni environment while struggling non-violently for justice for the indigenous people of Ogoni.

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