President of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), Fegalo Nsuke says the body will resist resumption of oil exploration in Ogoni land.
He told newsmen in Port Harcourt at the weekend that oil exploration will only be resumed in the area when the UNEP report is implemented.
Nsuke whose presidency as MOSOP president was recognized head by a Federal High Court in May said issues if community participation, fair play, and justice have also to be addressed by the authorities.
Since the early 90s oil exploration was stopped in Ogoniland following agitation by the people which led to the death of over 13 top Ogoni leaders, including prominent environmental activist Ken Saro Wiwa in 1995.
On the truncation of the Transition Committee of MOSOP, Nsuke revealed that a court judgment in May this year declared the committee as illegal.
He blamed multinationals and other third party interests for instigating crisis in the organization, ” what we experienced was a political attempt to hijack the leadership of MOSOP. Of course, it was not the first time, in 2016 an Ogoni king sat in his house and swore in his own president of MOSOP which also created a lot of crisis.”
Nsuke posited that quest to commence oil exploration in Ogoni land has always fueled the leadership crisis in the organization, as he assured that the body will resist any attempt to do so without due process.
For him, oil exploration does not amount to development, but they need to transform the area through infrastructure and quality of life through fair play and justice.
He stressed that the issue of community participation has to be addressed, to enable the people to participate and benefit from the wealth gotten from their land.