MOVEMENT for the Survival
of Ogoni People, MOSOP, and
Nd’Igbo Unity Forum, NUF,
have asked President-elect,
Gen. Muhammadu Buhari,
not to toy with creation
of more states and the
restructuring of Nigeria.
MOSOP declared yesterday
that implementation of the
United Nations Environment
Programme, UNEP Report on
the clean-up of oil pollution
in Ogoniland was not an
exclusive solution to their
problems.
MOSOP President, Mr.
Legborsi Piagbara, in an
interview with journalists,
argued that the UNEP report,
on its own, is only an aspect of
the Ogoni Bill of Right, OBR.
According to him, the
Ogoni want the incoming
administration of Buhari to
not only carry out what is
contained in the report, but
also consider other aspects of
the bill of right, for the people
to have more political liberty.
He stated that the people of
the affected four Ogoni local
government areas carried
the weight of the impact of
environmental pollution
in the land, calling on the
incoming administration to
pay attention to the challenge.
He informed that a letter to
that effect had been forwarded
to Gen. Buhari.
But in addition to the issue of
clean-up being canvassed, Mr.
Piagbara said that it is part of
the yearnings and aspirations
of the people for a new
political arrangement that
could help in the realisation of
the famous “Ogoni Agenda.”
Piagbara tasked the
incoming Federal Government
to work out modalities on the
restructuring of the country
through devolution of powers
and the creation of additional
states for the people to express
their political freedom.
The MOSOP president
argued that this is the only
way the Nigerian state
can pay back the Ogoni
for the many years of
environmental degradation
and marginalisation.
Also yesterday, Ndigbo
Unity Forum, NUF, set a fivepoint
agenda for Buhari as a
means of pacifying Igbo in
the interest of unity and true
federalism.
Top on the agenda is
ensuring the execution of the
second Niger Bridge project,
as scheduled, followed by
the use of respected persons
from the South-East in
his government as well as
creating an additional state
in the region in line with six
states per zone while North-
West has seven.
In a statement issued
yesterday in Onitsha,
Anambra State, shortly after
its quarterly meeting, NUF
appealed to Buhari to reduce
accidents on “our federal
roads by constructing a dual
carriage way since most
of the roads are currently
single lanes and in a state of
disrepair.”
The group also urged him
to implement the National
Confab Report as this will
help strengthen national
unity.
In the statement entitled:
“Buhari will not disappoint
Nd’Igbo,” jointly signed by
the group’s President and
Publicity Secretary, Augustine
Chukwudim and Ugochukwu
Obinka, respectively, NUF
said after examining the
outcome and transparency
of the just-concluded 2015
presidential election, it has
no other option than to
congratulate Buhari, the
president-elect and standard
bearer of the All Progressives
Congress, APC.
According to them, “NUF is
confident that the presidentelect
will give Nigerians
the desired change that
will steer the economic and
security situation towards
the right direction. We also
want to assure Igbo that this
new administration will not
undermine our collective
interest so everyone needs
to cooperate and make our
urgent needs known. This
message also applies to our
brothers in the Niger Delta
and to all the ex-militants that
threatened to go back to the
creeks.”


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