Sunday, October 2, 2011
FACE OF OGONI, FACE OF AGONY!
Icheoku says something is inherently wrong in Nigeria and for Nigeria's leaders to allow or tolerate the degree of pillaging by oil companies in the Niger Delta, resulting in the despondency therein. A Kegbara Dere woman, Rivers State, Nigeria woman pictured, mirrors the agony of the people of Niger Delta South-South Nigeria, caused by oil. They are forced to live in subhuman condition with little or nothing to show for their God-given oil wealth, day in day out?
Look at her face of pain and suffering, with a stick for toothbrush and a skeletal body that is barely holding up. Yet the bellowing black smoke is gas being flared directly behind her hut and on her land making others rich while her condition gets worse. One wonders what then is the benefit of having oil flowing in one's backyard if this image is all that is left of inhabitants of the Niger Delta area of Nigeria? If Icheoku were President Jonathan, a state of emergency or a Niger Delta 'Marshal Plan' would have since been declared to help these deprived peoples of Niger Delta wipe away their tears.
Niger Delta's abject poverty in the midst of plenty and their plenty for that matter, since the oil is in their land, makes the case for a total rebirth of that part of Nigeria absolutely imperative. Icheoku says what is going on in the Niger Delta is simply unacceptable and it does not matter how many militants are on some government scholarship or skill-acquisition program - a total make-over of those communities and their people is required and now. Enough of this man's inhumanity to his fellow man - it is their oil wealth so give something back to them. It is only in Nigeria that someone else would be reaping the benefit of oil found in another's land. If elsewhere, such as Texas, USA, the Sheriff will come to town shooting with both hands from the hips. Icheoku urges you to just take one more look at this face of an Ogoniland Nigeria woman and behold a face of immense agony, reflecting a people whose only offense is being endowed with natural resources of fossil fuel which produces wealth they are not allowed to partake in? It is callous, it is depraved, it is inhuman and ought and should stop!