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Ogoni Autonomy

In a remembrance of Ogoni murdered during the 1967-1970 Nigerian civil war, MOSOP president Dr. Goodluck Diigbo announced the Ogoni people -- whose sovereign independence was violated by the British Empire in 1901 -- will seek independence from Nigeria if again threatened with massacre. As spokesman of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, Dr. Diigbo stated that self-determination is a pre-condition to remaining part of Nigeria. If the Ogoni are once again attacked for their oil and gas wealth, the Ogoni, says Diigbo, will seek independence.
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