‘Stop resumption of oil production In Our land’ — Ogoni elders tells Buhari

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Elders under the aegis of Gbo Kaabari Ogoni have petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari to halt the resumption of oil and gas production in their area to avert bloodbath.

The group’s chairman and secretary, Senator Bennett Birabi and Dr. Desmond Nbete, warned the president that the ongoing activities of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) – including procurement preliminaries and timelines for the Ogoni retry project – were recipe for a fresh crisis.

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The elders regretted that the “activities deliberately fail to recognise that oil production in Ogoni and OML 11 has a unique history that cannot be wished away by an executive fiat for a restart of exploration and exploitation without duly engaging the people in a proper and painstaking conversation.”

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