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BUHARI OGONI: Fast Track Orders Exposed

By Ogeco Ogeco

The Ogoni people on Thursday, August 13, 2015 began the Ogoni Springtime – an unlimited season of resentment to end injustice against the Ogoni people in Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 approved several actions to fast-track the long delayed implementation of the United Nations Environmental Programme Report on the environmental restoration of Ogoniland.

He had said the actions approved were based on recommendations to him by the Executive Director of UNEP, the UNEP Special Representative for Ogoniland, permanent secretaries of the Federal Ministries of Environment and Petroleum Resources, and others, include the amendment of the official gazette establishing the Hydrocarbon.

Now, President of Ogoni Central Indigenous Authority, OCIA, Dr. Goodluck Diigbo wants the Buhari administration to show proof by publishing the recommendations and names of the signatories.

Diigbo said “it is dangerous to mask domestic abuse of powers, with emblems of foreign governments, authorities and institutions.”

“I have found out that there were no new recommendations, other than the Ogoni UNEP Report. I challenge President Buhari to publish the new recommendations so that we can see the content and names of the signatories, said Diigbo.

He said this in a statement to mark the “Ogoni Springtime launching, which would involve a series of actions to end the threat against extinction of the Ogoni people in southern Nigeria.

He further revealed: “I sourced for information below and above the UNEP Executive Director. My sources said they were not aware of the involvement of the UNEP Executive Director in a behind the scene recommendations, meant to truncate the official UNEP Mission Report.”

Continuing he said: “Already some form of admission [confession] has been made by certain individuals as off-record for “certain journalists” in Port Harcourt. They claimed that they lobbied the Buhari regime and even drafted the press release that turned into Fast-track actions for the implementation of the Ogoni UNEP Report. According to them, the idea was to counter a suspicion that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State was planning a unilateral implementation to “outsmart Buhari” through integration of some aspects of the UNEP Report into Rivers State administration reconstruction agenda.”

On Sunday, August 9, 2015, he had addressed OCIA Emergency General Leadership Session at Birabi Memorial Grammar School, BMGS. “I made it clear that I had no such understanding with Wike. However, I said, if he had contemplated doing so, it would not have discarded the UNEP report, or shifted responsibility from polluters,” he said.

The Ogoni Springtime has been planned to enforce the Ogoni demand for a joint stakeholders’ review of the Ogoniland UNEP Report, as precondition for its implementation.

In an interview, he referenced a report by Channels Television, updated August 11, 2015, in which “Shell emphasized that in line with the UNEP position, treating the problem of environmental pollution in Ogoni land merely as a technical clean-up exercise is what would result in failure.”

Diigbo said the acknowledgment by Shell of potential implementation failure, meant joint review was unavoidable to ensure comprehensive treatment of UNEP recommendations on Ogoni land, which, he pointed out, President Buhari’s unilateral re-writing of the Report, jeopardizes.

He said, Shell understood the issues, which President Buhari may yet to find out. So, Shell reacted to a well-informed position taken by Amnesty International, saying “the President’s initiative would fail and the Ogoni people would continue to suffer, as long as Shell fails to change its method of oil spill clean-up.”

“In a sense, Amnesty International, like others, can easily see through the manipulative tactics; the exploitation of ignorance that undermines justice to achieve ethnic, partisan, and corporate gains,” Diigbo said.

He remarked that, “even though Shell, seems bent upon playing on words; alongside other stakeholders, Shell would want to subscribe to “clarity rules” as an underlying due process requirements, to avoid potential insecurity, conflicts and bloodshed, in course of implementation.”

“Ogoni has sacrificed so much for Nigeria. The continual injustice, dirty ethnic and partisan politics on Ogoni affairs will set the sun on Nigeria,” Diigbo

Signed by: Hon Dum Ade John Budam

For Dr. Goodluck Diigbo President, Ogoni Central Indigenous Authority


The Ogoni Springtime, an indefinite season of resentment and protests to end injustice against the Ogoni people in southern Nigeria. It began today, August 13, 2015 in Bori, the cultural and political capital of the Ogoni people. The resentment and protests will spread throughout the Ogoni Nation, involving civil disobedience and waves of popular actions to occupy and reclaim control over Ogoniland.

The Ogoni Springtime has been provoked by the dirty ethnic and partisan handling of the UNEP Ogoni Report by President Buhari administration. Today’s nonviolent march was led by eight provincial governors, leaders of Ogoni National Legislative Assembly, officers of the Ogoni Customary Court System, and elected leaders of district and village councils. Participants joined from the provinces of Bori, Babbe, Ban Ogoni, Eleme, Gokana, Ken Khana, Nyokhana, and Tai. The Ogoni organized system at all levels will be free to embark on protests from time to time with focus on ending injustice against the people.

In a statement to put Nigeria on Notice, President of the Ogoni Central Indigenous Authority, OCIA, Dr. Goodluck Diigbo has called on President Buhari to reverse his recent unilateral orders meant to override the Ogoniland Environmental Assessment Study that was issued by the United Nations Environmental Programme on August 11, 2011. In order to prevent an aggravation of the situation, he called for immediate dialogue. However, Diigbo said all protests will remain nonviolent, unless the Ogoni people are compelled to act in self-defence within the framework of international law.

Your Comment

EFH Gobe | 8/13/2015 7:26:00 PM
Nigeria is too unfair for the Ogoni people. God bless the men of courage.
KeleWams | 8/13/2015 9:32:00 PM
It is time Shell-BP & the Federal govt of Nigeria started implementing the UNEP Report on Ogoniland.
Braow Meliti | 8/14/2015 12:11:00 AM
Three to four years, and still no review of the UNEP Report. How can a gazette be issued without acceptance by those affected. Nigeria is in trouble. Still, a big country without correct brains.
Harmon Ballad | 8/14/2015 12:22:00 AM
This was a historic UNEP Statement on Ogoniland. Why are Nigerians not all concerned while depending on oil from other polluted areas? There is a problem with this African giant.
Esther Duke | 8/14/2015 8:50:00 AM
So many Nigerian media published the Buhari Ogoni UNEP Fast Track Orders without investigation.
Eric Balola | 8/21/2015 11:00:00 PM
Thank you Queen Esther Duke. I call you Queen because the Nigerian media is at the heart of why politicians fail us. They pamper them and will not investigate anything, only to swallow and vomit and lick back. Look Christiana Amanpour of CNN who revealed the Amaechi $757 million meant for poor children, women and men in Rivers State. Nigerian Media wake up b4 you mean nothing.
Eric Balola | 8/21/2015 11:02:00 PM
The $757 million looted by Amaechi when the Ogoni people in his own state do not still have drinking water, no farmlands, no hospital, no road to their area. Nigerian politicians - May God repay you heartless men.
Alex Igwe | 8/14/2015 8:59:00 AM
President Buhari should investigate his aides who misled him and put them in jail for corruption. This public deception is the worst corruption for Buhari's reputation.
Lola Tekena | 8/14/2015 9:05:00 AM
My sister Esther Duke, I agree. The media is to blame. Buhari must wake up. This one is not good for his second coming.
BADOM | 8/16/2015 11:16:00 AM
UNEP Report implementation is what we are saying; Is long overdue.
Konwi Tamnyegia Destiny | 8/16/2015 12:52:00 PM
"He who feast on corruption suffer for limitation" let them do the right thing and forget about personal interest. What doing is what doing well, is better we continue our struggle than to be a mockery in the mouth of some Nigerians.
TANU K.K. | 8/25/2015 4:00:00 PM
UNEP Ogoniland report is already polluted. Can Buhari clean it up, so that he can clean the land?
barine tunee | 8/17/2015 12:06:00 PM
am tire of nigeria bcuse they hat ogoni people and ken saro wiwa our gient which is very bad
barine tunee | 8/17/2015 12:12:00 PM
i like president buhari becuse he is a man of honour 3mouth in power he as implemented unep report for the ogoni people wch is very good that is y we lik hausa people to rule nigeria dey are truthful and honesty
Lazarus, PK | 9/1/2015 2:19:00 AM
Tunee you are among the most gullible in the world. Whether or not you are being funny, the issue of environment is not a joking matter. Buhari has no capacity to implement UNEP report that is why he is doing public deception.
Kolawole, Lagos | 8/25/2015 6:01:00 AM
The Ogoni environment, to be frank, is a big nightmare for Nigeria. It can no longer be covered up. The government seems to be using the PUNCH Newspaper to cover-up. The land is dead forever and the Ogoni people are justified to block that economic angle.