The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) on Wednesday said it has uncovered a plot by key oil industry operators in Nigeria to kill its President, Legborsi Saro Pyagbara. It said the plot was being hatched through the sponsorship of local actors who have been contracted to engage in a campaign of calumny against the group, cause crises in Ogoni and provide an environment to kill the MOSOP by replicating the Ken Saro-Wiwa treatment. A statement by MOSOP’s spokesman, Fegalo Nsuke, alleged that some companies were promoting a government crackdown on activists and treat the present leadership of MOSOP like Ogoni leaders in the 90s which eventually led to the 1995 hangings.
“MOSOP unequivocally ‘say no’ to any plan to resume oil production in Ogoniland until it is properly negotiated”, it said. “We emphasize that the Ogoni problem is not just about oil but an unjust system that has marginalized our people, discriminated against us and is driving us into extinction. These, we must note are far beyond the capacity of any oil local industry operator to resolve. “MOSOP therefore restate its position on the Ogoni conflict, insisting that the three parties to the conflict including Shell, the Nigerian government and the Ogoni people must dialogue to resolve these issues.
“We call on the Ogoni people to be mindful of these devilish plots by the Nigerian oil industry being orchestrated by Belema Oil Producing Limited and Robo Micheal Limited and urge them not to be lured and used by the oil industry against our people.”