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Mosop Rejects Lower Niger’s Call For Referendum

Posted: May 3, 2015 at 6:21 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Daniel Abia, P’Harcourt

Barely after its name was included as one of the ethnic groups that have endorsed the call for a referendum by the Lower Niger Congress, the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) has denied such partnership.

In a letter to the congress’ leadership, Tony Nnadi, the President of the Ogoni Central Indigenous Authority (OCIA), Goodluck Diigbo, said Ogoni was never part of the congress and as such would not endorse any form of referendum.

“We were not,” Diigbo, who is also the factional leader of MOSOP said, adding, “on behalf of the Ogoni Nation, I hereby unequivocally state that the Ogoni Nation is not a member of the Lower Niger Congress.”

He pledged, “the Ogoni Nation, under my leadership is willing to share experiences with the Lower Niger Congress. For us, it’s been over 25 years.

“While we recognise some individual nations or groups listed as part of your congress, we do not see ourselves as the Ogoni people or the Ogoni Nation, as a Member of the Lower Niger Congress.

“I have no doubt that you will succeed, if only you are determined to follow through your aspiration, no matter how long it takes,” Diigbo said.

It would be recalled that on April 27 at the Atlantic Hall of the Presidential Hotel in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the Lower Niger Congress had engaged the representatives of the South East and South South regions in mapping out strategies for the call for the provision of a fresh constitution for Nigeria.

The group was of the view that it was only a new constitution with the full participation of all Nigerians that can correct the imbalance in the country that has consistently undermined the value of the minority region in terms of power sharing.