Again, Ogoniland slides to the brink

A preliminary approval granted to an oil company to resume crude oil production in environmentally ruined Ogoniland, is threatening to tear apart the bond that tie the people together.

Activists, who resisted the despoliation of Ogoni environment by multinationals, namely Shell, Total and Agip in the 1990s, and whose agitation were criminalised by the Nigerian state, are presently pitched against traditional rulers, who have endorsed the Federal Government’s bid to resume oil production in the area, despite the non-implementation of the recommendations of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report on Ogoniland.

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