PHOTO: Live Images from the Occupy Nigeria, Port Harcourt

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.PHOTO: Live Images from the Occupy Nigeria, Port Harcourt

Say No to Corporate World Food Day

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Seizure of Ken Saro-Wiwa Memorial Bus

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This statement is issued to call public attention to the seizure by the Nigerian Customs Service of a “Living Memorial” to Ken Saro-Wiwa donated by Platform  - friends and colleagues in the United Kingdom - to the Ogoni people.  

The memorial is a sculpture of a bus made in remembrance of the struggles of Ken Saro-Wiwa and 8 other Ogoni environmental rights activists who were sentenced and killed by a military tribunal in November 1995. The Bus calls attention to the environmental degradation and economic deprivation, in which the Ogoni people live, despite being naturally blessed with enormous deposits of crude oil. The people of Ogoniland continue to fight for remediation of their lands and compensation after the devastation caused by oil multinationals such as Shell. 

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Lack Of Political Will Stalled Implementation Of UNEP Report — Akpobari

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Celestine AkpoBari


Were you surprised by President Buhari’s directives for the clean up of Ogoniland?

IT didn’t come to me as a surprise because I was a member of the negotiating team. If I were not a member of the team, I would have been very surprised or shocked that in less than two months after Buhari took office he could muster the courage and political will to implement the UNEP report. I was excited that people could do what they said they would do.

 

Why did Jonathan-led administration dump the report?

I think Jonathan allowed the Petroleum Minister to manipulate him. He didn’t have a direction and that was why apart from not implementing the UNEP report on Ogoniland, he did not do anything for Niger Delta people. Jonathan did not have the political will to implement the report and we are so shocked that Jonathan, who is a direct beneficiary of the Ogoni struggle, could not implement the report. Ogoni people are shocked. For Buhari to want to implement the report, it shows it was a case of lack of political will on the part of Jonathan and lack of control of his government.

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