Unep Report Implementation: Mosop Worried Over Gen. Boroh’s Comments On Security In Ogoniland
BEVERLY HILLS, February 17, (THEWILL) – The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has reacted to media reports credited to the coordinator of the presidential amnesty programme, Brigadier General Paul Boroh stating that the Ogoni cleanup programme will be secured by ex-militants.
In the said statement, Boroh was quoted to have been in touch with Ateke Tom and some un-named stakeholders to ensure adequate security for the cleanup programme a development which MOSOP has described as “very disturbing.”
In a statement signed by Fegalo Nsuke, Publicity Secretary, MOSOP, the group declared that there was no security threat to the Ogoni clean-up exercise adding that Boroh's statement was not only suspicious but corroborates its fears that the government was deliberately ignoring the Ogoni environmental restoration project citing frivolous excuses.
“MOSOP notes that the Ogoni people eagerly awaits the implementation of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) report in Ogoniland and will fully cooperate all agencies including security personnel to see that the programme is successful,” the statement read.
“We are however disturbed by Gen. Boroh's strange security arrangements outside the Police and other relevant agencies charged with the responsibility to secure our people at all times. We are deeply worried that Boroh's statement bares the smack of Major Paul Okuntimo's 'Wasting Operations', a secret government plan which caused divisions and crises in Ogoniland to sustain military crackdown under the late Gen. Sanni Abacha.
“MOSOP is deeply worried about the security implications of Gen. Boroh's statement especially his discussions with ex-militants like Ateke Tom, a non-Ogoni and an indigene of Okrika, who should ordinarily not play a role in the circumstance.
“MOSOP, on behalf of the Ogoni people, is totally and tenaciously in support of the Ogoni cleanup and assures the government, volunteers, friend of the Ogoni, security agencies and relevant stakeholders of the willingness of all sections of the Ogoni community to corporate with the process. We will assiduously work to ensure the success of the programme.”
Story by David Oputah