Umbrella organization of the Ogoni people, the Ogoni Central Indigenous Authority, OCIA, has distanced itself from reports associating the group with membership of the Lower Niger Congress (LNC).
In a letter to the leadership of the congress, signed by the President of the OCIA, Dr. Goodluck Diigbo, the group rejected claims that it was a member of the LNC which indicated that the Ogoni Nation is among “some of the ethnic nations covering [convening] the Lower Niger Congress”.
“We were not. On behalf of the Ogoni Nation, I hereby unequivocally state that the Ogoni Nation is not a member of the “Lower Niger Congress,” Diigbo said.
“However, the Ogoni Nation, under my leadership is willing to share experiences with the Lower Niger Congress. For us, it’s been over 25 years. While we recognize some individual nations or groups listed as part of your congress, we do not see ourselves as the Ogoni people or the Ogoni Nation, as a member of the Lower Niger Congress.
“I have no doubt that you will succeed, if only you are determined to follow through your aspiration, no matter how long it takes,” Diigbo maintained.