Ogoni youths demand an end to FG’s prison, cemetery projects

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The Federal Government has been advised to stop the construction of the prison and cemetery projects it embarked upon in Ogoni land they target Ogoni youths currently grappling with the pains of Shell and Nigeria’s dehumanization, deprivations in the midst of plenty.

The National Youth Council of Ogoni People (NYCOP), through its president, Theophilus Mbagha, who made the call on Wednesday said Ogoni youths need jobs and economic projects and not prisons and cemeteries which remind them of the psychological trauma and physical torture unleashed on them by the Nigerian government under various regimes.

Mbagha called on the Nigerian government to change its repressive posture against the Ogoni youths saying the prison and cemetery projects are frightening representation of the Nigerian government and indicates that all the Nigerian government wishes for the Ogoni youths is death.

He said the government was insensitive by converting the site meant for the construction of the Integrated Soil Management Center, one of the structures recommended by UNEP to support the Ogoni cleanup, into a prison and cemetery.

Mbagha said the projects signal grave dangers for Ogoni youths, adding that what Ogoni youths want are jobs and not prisons and cemeteries.