The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, MOSOP, has faulted the alleged moves by the Federal Government of Nigeria to build a Maximum Security Prison facility and Cemetery in Bori, part of Ogoniland in Rivers State.
President of MOSOP, Legborsi Saro Pyagbara, made the condemnation in a statement made available to the press on Sunday, March 11, 2018, in Port Harcourt.
According to the MOSOP President, the project involves the seizure of over 41 hectares of land, stressing that the alleged proposed moves by the federal government is a disdain for the Ogoni people.
Pyagbara said: “The attention of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has been drawn to a new plan by the Federal Government of Nigeria to build a maximum security prison facility with modern cemetery in Ogoniland. This move, MOSOP authoritatively gathered had been concluded by the Federal Ministry of Interior and will involve the seizure of over forty-one (41) hectares of land in Bori, Ogoni where arable land had been conspicuously difficult to find.”
“MOSOP wishes to state categorically that we vehemently condemn and is opposed to this plan being hatched by the Federal Government against the Ogoni people. This action is a demonstration of crass insensitivity and a total disdain for the Ogoni people by the Buhari-led administration.”
“It is so unfortunate that while we lament that the biggest social event these days in Ogoniland are only burial ceremonies occasioned by the scientifically proven unprecedented pollution of Ogoni caused by reckless exploitation, we deeply bemoan the failure of the federal government to institute a proper clean-up and remediation of Ogoni environment to halt the increasing death of our people rather than being served with a new plot of a devious arrangement of prison and cemetery.”
The MOSOP president who urged all supporters of the Ogoni struggle and the international community to join in condemning the government proposed action, said the government should rather concentrate on the speedy clean-up of the environment than trying to enthrone another circle of arrests, detention and deaths in Ogoniland.
“We want to stress that this plan to build a maximum security prison facility and modern cemetery in Ogoni would never be acceptable to our people because we see this as a broader attempt to suppress the people and forcefully begin oil and gas exploration in the area without any constructive engagement and discussion with the Ogoni people.”
“MOSOP wishes to reiterate to the Federal government of Nigeria that what the Ogoni people want from the government now is the appropriate and fast-paced clean-up and restoration of Ogoniland and not the building of maximum security prison facilities. We declare to the government of Nigeria that what we want now is the deliberate commitment to investment and sustainable development of Ogoni such as the building of the long approved Industrial parks in the area and not the building of cemeteries.”
“Instead of giving us what we want, the government has concluded plans to build maximum security prison facility and cemetery. If the idea is to suppress the people’s will to resist the government and her oil industry collaborators, then it is a miscalculation. We will resist it with the last drop of our blood.”
“We call on all Ogoni people to remain vigilant. We call on the supporters of the Ogoni struggle and the international community to join us in condemning this attempt by the government of Nigeria to enthrone another circle of arrests, detention and deaths in Ogoniland.”