Is the threat by MOSOP to declare self- government for the Ogoni people justified?
By Alaine Elizabeth, Ann Mamilor, Udeh Sandra, Oluwasayo Hamzat
Mr Fabian Moses: If government has refused to give them what they want, then they are free to fight for their right; after all, the oil is gotten from their land and, as such, they are supposed to be favored by government.
The problem is not only about the Ogoni people, there are so many problems around the country; the truth is that Nigeris has no idea where it is heading to. See the issue of Boko Haram, it has become very disturbing since Jonathan was elected into office. So I don’t see anything wrong in what the Ogoni are trying to do since government has refused to heed to their call. I think it is better that everyone goes his separate ways.
Miss Grace Jonathan: I don’t think it is justified because it won’t bring any change to the country. Yes, I know that when you’re pushed to the wall, you’ll be forced to take action. But, in this case, this is not the right thing to do. This action will only bring about more political instability, crippling of the economy and crisis in the country. There are other ways this problem can be solved. Government, on the other hand, should look into this issue by providing the Ogoni people the basic amenities they need.
Mr Basil Okolie: If you put yourself in their shoes, what will you do?. Since oil is gotten from their land, government is supposed to develop the community. Now that government has refused to do so, they have decided to take action they feel is best for their community to develop. Government should compensate them by giving them the facilities they need.
Democracy is for the people, but when the people are deprived of their right, then democracy is no longer for the people but for the government. So I think government should see to it that this issue is resolved once and for all.
Miss Ugonna Ejiogu: I don’t think its written anywhere in the constitution that a state or a group of people can have their own self-government; so their claim is really not justified. Nevertheless, the people of Ogoni have gone through enough problems without government doing anything. Government keeps promising to give them a better living condition and they never kept the promise. Maybe it is time for government to look into their case.
Mr. Obiora Mba: Government really shouldn’t bother these people. They have been pleading with the government to do something about their plight but all their pleas have fallen on deaf ears. Now the people of Ogoni have decided to take their destiny into their own hands. Their threat is justified.
Rosemary Okpor: Their threat is not justified because, ordinarily, it is to let the Federal Government hear them out.
They cannot have their own government being that it is uncalled for. Also I observed that Rivers State government is not in support of it,so it is not possible.There cannot be two governments in Rivers. Lastly, if the leader of MOSOP continues with the threat, he should be charged with treason.