[The Injustice Blog] Why the FG must take a second look at Amnesty International’s accusation against Shell


At the moment, the table of the Federal Government is filled with lots of unanswered questions being asked by its citizens which has received little or no answer. It hasn’t made a detailed release on the death of 26 Nigerian women on the Mediterranean early November other than condemning the “hurried” burial given to those girls.

In the same vein, the federal government is yet to release  a detailed statement on the killings of Nigerians in Libya and the sale of others into slavery.

The government’s silence is synonymous with its usual approach to issues that affect the citizenry.

Another occurrence that needs government attention is the recent report released by Amnesty International as it relates to the involvement of international oil giant Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in the massive environmental degradation in Ogoni land and the killings that claimed several lives by the Nigerian Military which was allegedly aided and abated by Shell in the oil rich region of the country.

Amnesty International in its report released on Tuesday titled A criminal Enterprise, Shell involvement in human rights violations in Nigeria in the 1990’s detailed how the Dutch company formed an unholy alliance with the Nigerian government to perpetrate the killings of several Ogoni indigenes which climaxed with the killing of Ken Saro Wiwa and eight other activists.

Shell has repeatedly maintained its innocence but it’s high time the federal government takes a second look at this issue and right the wrongs of the past in order to bring justice to the oppressed people in the Niger Delta region and an avenue for Shell to clear its name of any wrong doing in other to put this matter to an amicable end.

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