(By Chioma Peters) -The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, MOSOP, has cried out over the destruction of crops in Ogoniland by the Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, while enjoying the protection of heavily armed Nigerian soldiers.
In a statement issued on Monday by Fegalo Nsuke, Publicity Secretary of MOSOP, the Ogoni vanguards condemned the action of Shell as insensitive and a complete negation of the principles of business in any civilized society.
“We note that Shell’s conduct in Ogoniland in recent weeks do not only threaten food security but is also leading to apprehension with attendant heart related problems for our people.
“For Shell to be engaged in destroying farmlands in a society that depends predominantly on farming for food and family support, we are deeply concerned that Shell’s action is not only destroying livelihoods but also endangering the future of our people.
“We condemn this act and unequivocally state our rejection of these moves by Shell or its agents and representatives to force its way into Ogoniland.
“We further note that Shell has not conducted an environmental impact assessment (EIA) on how its current activities impact the lives of our people, rather, it is now destroying livelihoods with attendant implications for food shortages”, MOSOP declares while calling on Shell to withdraw its men and soldiers from Ogoniland.