1st June, 2016
The Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) says the entire Ogoni people are ready to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari to launch the clean-up of their polluted land.
The president is expected to perform the ceremony on Thursday at Bodo in Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers in line with the report of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Mr Fegalo Nsuke, the National Publicity of MOSOP gave the assurance in an interview on Wednesday.
“Ogoni is agog; we are really ready for the flag-off of the clean-up by President Muhammadu Buhari tomorrow (Thursday),’’ Nsuke said.
He said already, leaders of MOSOP in various communities in Ogoni land had met and consulted to ensure that the right atmosphere was provided for the president to perform the exercise.
“I can assure you that for this particular event, Ogonis are ready.
“Definitely, there will be peace in Ogoniland for the exercise.
“In fact, whoever would want to create problem tomorrow, is simply somebody who do not want the progress of Ogoni people.
“I can assure you that the entire Ogoni is prepared for the president.
“I don’t think that there is any honest and sincere Ogoni person, who would not want the president to come and launch the clean-up.
“I don’t want to believe that there is anybody thinking in that way,’’ Nsuke said.
Speaking on the significance of the exercise, Nsuke said it was the fulfillment of the struggles and sacrifices made by Ogoni sons and daughters over the years.
“For me, it is a fulfillment of the sacrifices and pains over the years.
“It is actually an acknowledgement by the government and even the polluters that indeed, what we have been saying all the while is just true.
“You know they try to deny all of these issues.
“The UNEP report shows that our claim is right and for us, it is a fulfillment for us that indeed, the government is actually acknowledging that our struggle was justifiable,’’ he added.