I am your fan and a lover of your show because of your in-depth research on so many issues. Since few weeks ago I noticed that you have been talking about the environmental catastrophe caused by BP in America.
May I also draw your attention to Nigeria oil spill by Shell , an American company that has completely killed lives and continue to kill lives in Niger delta and no body dare to speak about it. I can feel your passion when you talk about BP oil spill in your country. You can imagine how frustrating it has been for us over five decades of oil spill by your very own SHELL that has really killed, maimed and has completely damaged everything we have in that region. Rachel – Please tell Americans not to worry too much about this BP mistake because we have been there so many times with SHELL and yet we are still there now, and nothing has been done about it. Our brothers in the Niger Delta have also been feeling the same way your citizens are feeling now for decades and your country with our corrupt government does not want to help us fight for justice. Instead the only assitance United states did was to connive with United kingdom and together joined forces with our corrupt politicians to condemn and supress the activities of our activists in that region; who are resisting the government and SHELL from further damage of our land and natural endownments. You may remember the infamous speech of Gordon Brown who was speaking at the reception of our late president Umaru Yaradua last two years to No 10. At that news conference, Gordon Brown onlycontribution on the plight of our people was to offer military assistance to Nigeria to help keep the activists away.
Just to make it clearer to you, there are so many instances of oil spill activities in Niger delta, take for instance the one that happened in June 25, 2001, when an oil spill and explosion occurred in the aged and rusty pipeline in Ogbodo, Nigeria.
The incidence destroyed the only source of drinking water for 150,000 people. The spill also destroyed community fishing equipment and farmlands, and resulted in fumes and pollutants that have sickened people and forced many to evacuate their homes. What did Shell or our government did about that…. Nothing …..No body ever cared to help alleviate the plight of the victims, the Ikwere ethnic nationality of the River State of the Niger Delta.
I am blogger and activist. too.. we have been following the predicaments of our people and have written a lot about it. you can visit our website and see for yourself what SHELL has done in Niger-delta for approximately 50 years. I think you should not complain bitterly anymore because it is happening in America now …what do you say when it is happening elsewhere. what do you do when other lives and resources have been ruined by your country. I think it will be advisable too to speak as well on this issue as it affect other people too. no life is more precious than the other Nigerian or American alike.
I would be glad if you can speak out also on the criminal activities and horrific doing that are not spoken out but are taking place in other country by your very own oil companies. If not ,it may likely be a law of karma that is visiting your politicians to make them feel what our people have felt for 50 years over.
You know better than me about your country’s greedy desire for our oil and our politician’s inordinate desire for money. see what is happening in our country too
Hope to receive your response