THE Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People has slammed the exclusion of the Ogoni ethnic group from participating in the National Conference billed for March 17, 2014.
MOSOP observed the conspicuous absence of Ogoni sons and daughters in the list of delegates to the National Conference to hold in Abuja.
President of MOSOP, Mr. Legborsi Pyagbara, on Saturday, described as unfortunate the exclusion of its people from the confab delegate list. Pyagbara, who spoke through his Media Adviser, Mr. Bari-ara Kpalap, noted that the development was coming on the heels of the recent exclusion of the late environmentalist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, from Nigeria’s centenary awardees’ list, which contained names of some corrupt persons.
“Coming on the heels of the just-concluded Nigeria’s centenary celebrations where the famous writer and environmentalist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, was deliberately omitted from the centenary awardees’ list that even contained the names of acknowledged corruption magnates and their likes, this exclusion is undoubtedly an indication of the Jonathan administration’s continuous war of exclusion of the Ogoni people from the scheme of things in this country.
“We recall, and evidence abound that the Ogoni people have fared far worse under the present Federal Government
than other elected regimes in this country since 1999. ”The attitude and response of the Jonathan administration to clearing the names of Ken Saro-Wiwa and others of a sham trial of which their innocence have been globally acknowledged and instead rewarded those that facilitated their illegal executive murder.
“Also, the government’s failure to implement recommendations of the UNEP environmental assessment report on Ogoni and the refusal to appoint Ogoni into offices, have strengthened our conclusion that the Jonathan administration has unpretentiously declared war on Ogoni,” he said.