No More Bloodshed: MOSOP President Warns UN Agency

| February 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

No More Bloodshed: MOSOP President, Dr. Goodluck Diigbo
Warns United Nations Agency

This is to remind UNEP
that MOSOP leadership and the Ogoni people remain open to a
joint review of the UNEP Environmental Assessment Report on
Ogoniland first released on August 4, 2011 in Abuja,
Nigeria.

MOSOP President/Spokesman, Dr. Goodluck Diigbo
issued the reminder today, February 6, 2013, in a speech to
an Inter-Kingdom General Assembly of the Movement for the
Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) held at Koroma –
Tai.

The meeting was attended by representatives of
Council of Ogoni Traditional Rulers Association, Federation
of Ogoni Women Association, National Youth Council of Ogoni
People, Council of Ogoni Churches, Council of Ogoni
Professionals, National Union of Ogoni Students, Ogoni
Teachers Union, Ogoni Technical Association, and village and
district elected representatives of the Ogoni Central
Indigenous Authority.

Diigbo said that MOSOP attention has
been drawn to UNEP today’s publication that it plans to
implement the disputed UNEP Environmental Assessment Report
on Ogoniland without a formal joint review to address grave
concerns of the Ogoni people.

Nairobi/Abuja, 5
February 2013
– UNEP representatives, led by Special
Envoy Erik Solheim, will meet with top Government of Nigeria
officials and other key partners this week in Abuja and Port
Harcourt regarding the implementation of the environmental
remediation proposed by UNEP in the Environmental Assessment of
Ogoniland
.

In the United States of America, BP has
spent billions of dollars dealing with Gulf slick oil
spillage, with expenditure that would be $24-$25 billion in
2013, up from $23 billion in 2012, where government is
accountable and responsible. UN agency should not pave way
for recolonization and war in Ogoni. The Ogoni people have
not been contacted. This letter is an early warning
requiring UNEP to avoid steps and provocation that might
threaten peace and security, or cause further bloodshed in
Ogoniland. Enough is enough.

We believe that a joint
review of the UNEP Report Ogoniland will pave the way to
smooth collaboration between the Ogoni people and other
stakeholders (Anglo-Royal Dutch/ Shell, Chevron, NNPC,
MOSOP/Ogoni Independent Experts/Government Representatives
to produce result. A transparent joint review will further
demonstrate that UNEP’s intention is genuine. There can be
no progress without a valid joint review; genuinely
involving all stakeholders, and authentic local
representatives, including independent experts to be named
by MOSOP.

MOSOP independent expert evaluation has
identified numerous scientific data, and extraneous contents
that render the report questionable, defective, and
un-implementable or unfit for follow-up scientific study.
How can the United Nations be associated with such
discredited report?

UNEP still has the opportunity to make
the process legitimate, and not to act in ways that
continually discredit UN. We are deeply concerned that any
attempt to use force of arms, or dictation and imposition of
a veiled agenda on the Ogoni people will not receive our
cooperation and create grounds for unnecessary
confrontation.

The Ogoni people continually stand by our
letter of August 5, 2011, in which we stated our position on
the flawed UNEP Ogoniland Report, and called for long
awaited joint review to meet all outstanding tests to move
forward.

Signed:
Dr. Goodluck Diigbo
MOSOP
President/Spokesman

August 5, 2011 letter:

1. http://royaldutchshellplc.com/2011/08/05/mosop-challenges-intergrity-of-unep-report/
2.
http://royaldutchshellplc.com/2011/08/12/unep-ogoniland-assessment-report-is-sowing-seeds-of-conflicts-and-war/
3.
http://www.unep.org/NewsCentre/default.aspx?DocumentID=2704ArticleID=9386l=en

ENDS

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