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|An Open Letter to President Umaru Yar'Adua
We are writing to register our displeasure and calling on you to cease
and desist the ongoing slaughter of innocent Ijaw women and children and
the wanton destruction and bombardment of Ijaw towns and villages in the
Niger Delta area under the pretense of apprehending militants. You are
visiting Odi, Odiama, etc on us again. If Ijaws are truly Nigerians, then
this carnage must stop now.
We are deeply saddened by this unfortunate action of yours at this moment
in our history. Too many innocent civilian Ijaws lives and properties have
been destroyed by succesive Nigerian administrations including yours. It
is time to be serious about the grievances of Ijawnation and the Niger
Delta at large.
We remind you that you bear responsibility for any and all atrocities committed
by the Nigerian military on inncocent and peace loving Ijaw civilian women
Mr. President, stop this indiscriminate slaughter of innocent and defenceless
Ijaw women and children now. Enough is Enough.
I am writing in order to convey to you our deep sadness over your recent
appointment of Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo as your special envoy in helping
to solve the humanitarian crises in Congo arising as the result of the
ongoing armed conflict.
Your Excellency, we the Ijaws, the foremost indegenous people of the Niger
Delta area of present day Nigeria would like to remind your excellency
and indeed the world of the atrocities committed by your special envoy
against the Ijaw while he was president and maximum ruler of Nigeria.
Your Excellency, On November 19, 1999, on the pretense of arresting the alleged assailants
of 12 policemen in Odi, Bayelsa State, your Special Envoy Gen. Olusegun
Obasanjo, ordered the Nigerian Army to embark upon ethnic cleansing with
the singular purpose of teaching the Ijaws a lesson. On his direct orders,
the army totally destroyed Odi, killing, maiming and raping over three
thousand innocent and defenseless women, children and men. Your Envoy Gen.Olusegun Obasanjo bears full responsibility
for these crimes against humanity committed during this invation.
Allow me to share with you and the world a quote from a Nigerian Senator
who visited Odi after the siege.
What I saw in Odi reminds me of a phrase in Latin: hori willet wizzle,
meaning horrible sight, agonizing, embarrassing, shameful. This was what
I saw. I saw a degradation of human habitation and sadness written on the
faces of hapless and helpless women, faces that showed mourning."
Even the Butcher of Abuja did not do this! I hope one day Obasanjo will
be put on trial for this, the murder of Lady Kuti, and other heinous crimes
that apparently doesn't bother the conscience of this 'born again christian'.
How any human being can support this sort of thing, especially in a 'democracy'
is way beyond my imagination" ...Senator Durojaiye
Your Excellency, your Special Envoy Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo also ordered
the invasion of Odiama, another Ijaw town in 2005 with similar deadly consequences
for innocent and unsuspecting mothers, daughters, children and the elderly.
Allow me again to share with you a quote from Odiama after the siege.
“When the soldiers arrived at the community yesterday with their gunboats,
our people thought they came for peace, and so no one raised any dust.
Our chiefs gathered immediately at the palace of the Amanyanabo to await
the soldiers to explain their mission, but the next thing that happened
was shooting, shooting, shooting…. firing and firing. The soldiers were
shooting at everyone, and started burning houses at the waterside” –
Philemon Kelly Dickson, Odioma community spokesperson
Your Excellency, you can imagine our sadness and frustration when we see
your special envoy Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo parading as a peace maker before
the world press. Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, a man with much innocent Ijaw
blood in his hands should not be your envoy, rather he should be standing
trial before the International Court of Justice.
Your Excellency, we urge you to take immediate appropriate action to remedy
this oversight as this appointment if allowed to stand, contradicts the
basic tenets of the foundation of the United Nations. The UN cannot be
and must not be a party to rehabilitating the image of a ruler accused
of ordering the massacre of innocent Ijaws. Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo must
be brought to answer for his role in the massacre of innocent Ijaws in
Odi and Odiama, Bayelsa State. Nigeria. We shall never let Gen. Obasanjo
or the world forget about his atrocities in Odi.
Titoe Miriki, President
Ijaw Pro-Active Leadership Council
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FOR IJAW SELF-DETERMINATION.
Dear Mr. President,
|Chair of the African Union,
|Secretary of the Economic Community of West Africa,
|National Assembly Representatives,
|Secretary General of the European Union,
|Friends of the Niger Delta, Citizens of the World,
|Indigenes of the Niger
Delta and Fellow Ijaws, we send you a greeting.
We come to you in the name of our most precious
asset and resource, the heroic peoples of the Niger Delta, who were forcibly
incorporated through colonial aggression and have suffered extreme
marginalization, exploitation, neglect, deprivation, and oppression for almost
100 years now. There is no doubt that the people of the Niger Delta face many
uncertainties and challenges as they attempt to unshackle themselves from the
yoke of colonialism, marginalization, exploitation, intentional neglect,
deprivation, and oppression. We are a people
at the crossroads of history and we question why we are the way we are, and why
we should remain the way we are. There are many reasons why we are where we are
today, but we can get out of it.
citizens, regional and world leaders, and citizens of the world, we choose what
we can become over what we already are. All are not well, have never been well
and will never be well with Nigeria as currently constituted.
Friends, fellow citizens, regional and world leaders, and
citizens of the world, we are not unaware of the lackluster drumbeat of the
crusade against corruption in Nigeria. We remind you that almost $170 billion of
the country’s wealth disappeared and ended in the private accounts of
individuals between 1999 and 2003 alone. This is possible because in Nigeria
those in positions of political power have imposed on the politically powerless
people of the Niger Delta an economic arrangement in which the oil resources of
the region are forcibly taken without the consent of the people. Apart from
that, the financial returns on the resources are used to develop the
infrastructure of the regions from which the leaders come from while nothing is
reinvested in the region that lays the golden egg. As a result, the region that lays the golden
egg is the poorest and the most underdeveloped. For its abundance and
generosity, the region is being annihilated through massive pollution.
Fellow citizens, friends, regional and world leaders, and
citizens of the world, under what natural right and or natural law or
international law is it justifiable for people to be deprived of the right of
ownership to the resources and products of their lands so that others may
gain? Of course, there is no natural law
or international law of that kind. Therefore, it is obvious that the oil revenue
distributive system or order or policy in Nigeria is indefensible, not in
Nigeria, not in Africa, and not in the world. It is therefore obvious that
Nigeria is carrying out an economic war of aggression against the Niger Delta
people. There is no doubt that the war is intended to decimate the population
through incremental economic strangulation, environmental destruction, and
unbearable military occupation.
Friends, fellow citizens,
regional and world leaders, and citizens of the world, we are well
endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights which include Life,
Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness, Proprietary Ownership of the Resources of the
Land, and Self-Determination. However, these inalienable rights are thwarted
from materialization in Nigeria by forces of retrogression, of darkness and
destruction. When a government or leadership of the government becomes too
corrupt and destructive, when a series of abuses and usurpations reduce our
people to mere background participants and paupers, while our fraudulently
elected officials and embezzlers cart away and loot our treasury, it is our
Natural Right and Moral Duty to publicly and forcefully demand change.
We are also aware of the political trickery and
machinations going on under the guise of a National Political Reform Conference
in Abuja. A national reform dialogue, whose outcome was predetermined by its
mandate, is an insincere dialogue that will not lead to anywhere. Nigeria, as
presently constituted, is flawed, damaged, and broken and needs drastic surgery.
We are participating despite apparent flaws because we are peace loving people
and we long for a better future for all people.
Citizens of the world, without ambiguity or double talk, we want to make it
crystal clear, and as forcefully as possible, to the Nigerian regime and to the
world that the Ijaw People demand the right of self-determination now. Time,
history and culture have given the Ijaw and Niger Delta People a unique
identity. International law, universal principles, the UN Charter and
resolutions regarding the rights of indigenous people legitimize our right to
determine our own future. Ijaw People love peace and we long for peace and
progress, but the Nigerian state, as presently constituted and ruled, has made
peace and progress elusive. We say to you and the world again, it is time for us
all to seek other political ways. The people of former Czechoslovakia did and
are now happier and much hopeful of a better future.
39 years ago, Isaac Adaka Boro, Nothingham Dick, Samuel Owonaru and 159
heroic sons of the Niger Delta brought the world’s attention to the plight of
the Niger Deltans in the 12 Day Boro Revolution. Despite decades of brutal
military and police means, including outright military occupation, in an effort
to destroy and expunge the idea of freedom, economic and political rights from
the minds of the downtrodden peoples of the Niger Delta, the spirit of the
revolution is well and alive in us today. And today, we remind you again that
new generations of restless and discontented Niger Deltans are demanding their
rights for self determination and economic autonomy. We are tired of 100 years
of forced amalgamation, servitude, massacre, injustice and outright scorn by the
Nigerian nation. We are angry, agitated, and frankly, we will be restless until
the yoke of oppression is broken from our neck. We say to you loud and clear, it
is time for all ethnic groups to freely and without fear, favor, or threat
choose and control their future and destiny. It is time to end the Nigerian
nightmare, peacefully in a constitutional and legal manner.
We remind you that our lands have been the main financial lifeblood of the
Nigerian state for almost four decades. In return for our generosity, Nigeria
has unashamedly paid us back with severe neglect and abandonment, political and
economic deprivations, joblessness, biochemical poisoning through pollution,
brutal military occupation, and extreme poverty. Despite threats to our Lives,
Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness, Proprietary Right of Ownership, and Self
Determination, we refuse to bargain or negotiate our birthright. This is our
land which our God Almighty, in his infinite wisdom, has bestowed upon us and
knows we are the best inhabitants to take care of it, just as He has bestowed
upon each and every ethnic group in Nigeria a land with resources to enjoy and
take care of.
We have been agitating for this inalienable right while resisting the violent
aggression and economic exploitation of the Nigerian state. And we shall keep on
agitating and resisting for as long as necessary, using political and legal
means. This does not mean that we advocate violent confrontation, but we will
not sit idly by while Nigeria which has destroyed our God given land, air and
sea can go on killing our most precious resource, our heroic people, with
impunity. We cannot and will not sit here and die. It is time for us all to go
our separate ways peacefully.
Any real and lasting peace can only come about as a result of a just
separation which will enable all Nigerians to feel truly free and in control of
their own future. Our sufferings are best summed up by these words from a
freedom agitator who said: “the illegal military occupation has had devastating
and dreadful consequences for (Niger Delta people): suffering, pollution,
famine, poverty, rape, disease, death and an intolerable physical and
psychological repression have been the fate of our people. The occupation has
also prevented our people from building a just, democratic, free, and prosperous
society”. This ought not to be. This must not and will not continue. We say to
you categorically and unequivocally that by God’s grace and might, this is not
our portion, not our destiny; we refuse and reject it completely and totally.
We remind you of the words of our brother who said, “Ijaw silence on any
matter is always tactical and not based on foolishness or ignorance. That is why
when they react, the process is volcanic.” The window of opportunity for
diplomatic talk is fast diminishing, therefore, let us redeem the time. We
prefer an alternative political arrangement that leads to self determination for
all rather than the present arrangement. We believe in establishing an alternative
political arrangement that guarantees self determination for all Nigerian groups
through peaceable political and legal consultation, consent and
cooperation. Nigeria has been a living
nightmare since its forced inception. An
alternative arrangement that guarantees self-determination is necessary if the
Ijaws and other Nigerian groups are to fulfill their destinies. It is the right
and prudent thing to do and we pray that God give you the revelation and wisdom
to do the right thing.
We take this opportunity to ask you to do the right thing. It is time to stop
the enslavement of the Nigerian people. Why continue to impose on the African
people an entity created through aggression?
It is obvious that the Nigerian experiment has been a total failure.
Kindly allow Nigerians to freely determine their fate and stop imposing an
unworkable state on them.
To you our Northern Arewas, Western Ooduas and Eastern Ndigbos etc., we
simply ask that you search deep inside your souls and see if your cultural and
religious beliefs and teachings allow you to forcefully take another persons
land and God given resources because of draconian laws and decrees such as the
Land Use Act and the Natural Resources Act enacted by illegal and illegitimate
military dictators and colluders. Whatever your conclusions, we pray that the
Almighty God grant you wisdom in your decision making process, for you must
believe that we will not continue to sit here and die. God has given you fertile
land to produce cash crops, and cattle to feed the nation. He has provided you
with abundant natural resources such as coal, bitumen, bauxite, copper, gold,
etc, but most important, He has provided you with the wherewithal to propel you
to a better society. In order for all ethnic groups to achieve greatness and
realize their full potential, and build a happy future for generations yet
unborn, we say, it is time for us all to look at other political arrangements
that do not result in the enslavement of the African people.
Again, we take this opportunity, on
behalf of our most precious resource, the Niger Delta people, to express our
deepest gratitude to all our brothers and sisters, the fair minded Nigerians,
for the support and solidarity they have showed towards the Niger Delta cause to
this day. We also extend our deepest gratitude to self-determination minded
brothers and sisters in Arewa, Ndigbo, and Oodua.
We are all quite aware of the injustices, political and economic
exploitations, and deprivations that led to bloody civil wars in Nigeria,
Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Ivory Coast. We are quite aware of the millions of
African people who have died as a result of injustice, political and economic
exploitations, and deprivations since the imposition and perpetration of the
colonial system on the African people. Please do not allow a similar disaster to
befall Nigeria again. Therefore, use the position and authority of your office
to persuade Nigeria to enter into a serious dialogue in order to ameliorate the
unbearable conditions imposed upon the Niger Delta and other parts of the
Delegates to the National Political Reform Conference
Delegates to the National Political Reform Conference, although very
imperfect and does not meet the expectations of a National Sovereign Conference,
nevertheless, use this rare opportunity to look at other ways of dealing with
the Nigerian situation. The present structural and institutional arrangement has
suffocated and violated the natural rights of the people of the Niger Delta and
the entire African people of Nigeria. The present arrangement has not benefited
the Nigerian people, apart from the very few who have colluded with outside
interests to exploit the nation. Therefore, as you deliberate, look at
alternative political arrangements that would be beneficial to all Nigerians,
regardless of ethnicity, sex, religion, and political affiliation. The people of
Czechoslovakia, in order to set themselves free from an unworkable political
system, voluntarily parted ways. Today,
the Czech and Slovakian Republics are very progressive and peaceful sovereign
Since the forceful institutionalization of colonialism, Africa has never seen
peace. In fact, the unquestionable
acceptance of the colonial order in the continent has led to constant conflicts
and bloodbaths. Please, do not allow another African disaster to take place in
Nigeria like in Somalia, Uganda, Sudan, and Rwanda etc. The Ijaw people are
tired and want to determine their future as they see fit.
In particular, the political leaders of the United States, Britain, France,
Italy etc. support democracy and freedom by encouraging your multinational
corporations to stop working with the Nigerian government to decimate the people
and the environment of the Niger Delta. If you truly believe in democracy, human
rights, freedom, and a free enterprise economic system, please persuade your
friends in Nigeria from further perpetration of the economic war of aggression
against the people of the Niger Delta. The Ijaw people are peace loving and
would like to build a mutually beneficial economic arrangements with various
economic stake holders. The present economic arrangement is a serious violation
of the economic and political rights of the people of the Niger Delta. Their
patience is running thin.
To friendly individuals, governments, and the international political, human
rights, and environmental solidarity movements that have always supported us
very effectively, we say thank you so much for your unselfish support.
Let us join hands in solidarity to fight for peace, for justice, for equity,
for freedom and for the right of all the peoples of the world.Lets us continue to fight for Democracy by
enabling people to determine their fate. Let us work together to stop another
Darfur from taking place in Africa, particularly in Nigeria. Africa has shed too
much blood. It is the right and proper thing to do.
On Kaiama Declaration we stand.
Long live the Niger Delta!
Titoe Miriki, President.
President Olusegun Obasanjo
Prime Minister Tony Blair (Great Britain)
President George W.
Bush (United States of America)
President Jacque Chirac of France
Secretary-General Kofi A. Annan (United Nations)
Jack Straw, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth
Condoleeza Rice, Secretary of State
Nigerian National Assembly
Speaker, United States Congress
Dear beloved people, friends and fellow
They went to bed
with the devil, they sowed their seed with the enemy, now they must reap what
they have sown. They have forgotten that the devil only come to steal, cheat and
destroy. The enemies that they so coveted and colluded with against the interest
of their people are now demanding their souls. They colluded with the devil to
spill the bloods of our innocent mothers, fathers, and brethren in Odi, Odioma
and indeed Ijawnation. They colluded with the devil to defraud Ijawnation and
deprive Ijawnation of her rightful resources and revenue; resources that our
youths gallantly gave their lives for in Kaiama and all over Ijawland. The
bloods of the innocent are crying for justice. All the perpetrators of the
tragedy and massacre at Odi, Odioma and numerous other Ijaw towns will not know
peace until justice is served.
Beloved people, friends and
fellow citizens, we are witnesses to the forces of retrogression, of
darkness and destruction; we are witnesses to a government and leadership of the
government that is too corrupt and destructive, and we are witnesses to a series
of abuses and usurpations that has reduced our people to mere background
participants and on looking paupers, while our fraudulently elected/imposed
officials and embezzlers cart away and loot our treasury. Beloved people, the
dye is cast, the day of reckoning for this failed state called Nigeria and her
leadership is at hand, for it is our Natural Right and Moral Duty to publicly
and forcefully demand change.
Beloved people, friends and fellow
citizens, there is a new generation of Ijaws and Niger Deltans, a new
generation of restless people who are asking the right questions. We are asking
new questions, we are receiving new revelations and we will receive new answers.
We will be restless until we break the yoke of Nigeria from our necks.
We pray that may the Lord who breaks the yoke; break the yoke of Nigeria from
our necks. May the Lord grant you a new spirit of
restlessness, may you never be contented with your present situation
within the failed state of Nigeria, may you never be contented with Ijawnation
and the Niger Delta in this current situation; may you never again read the news
about our land and laugh about the situation; may you be provoked, may you be
angry at the conditions of our beloved land. The next time you read any
newspaper article or turn on the news and you hear the statistics of waste,
injustice, graft and corruption in our land, take good note of it, and don’t
just see it as normal, don’t see it as business as usual, it is abnormal, it is
not our portion, it is not what God has intended for us; our people deserve
better and we must demand and assert our God given rights to better
May God’s speed and peace be with us, may his power uplift us, may his grace
cause the heavens to open up to Ijawnation and the Niger Delta, may He cause our
minds to work differently, may new revelation and insight be our portion, may we
have the courage and boldness to enter our nation and turn the horrible
situation around, may we be builders of waste places, may we be transformers of
societies, may we be builders of a great Ijawnation and Niger Delta, may
Ijawnation be blessed because of us, may the Niger Delta be blessed because of
us, may we turn the situation around, may we rebuild Ijawnation, rebuild, Odi,
rebuild, Odioma, rebuild, Kaiama, rebuild, Trofani, rebuild Patani, rebuild
Warri, rebuild our beloved Ijawnation, because that is our heritage, that is our
commission. We are the last hope for Ijawnation and the Niger Delta and we shall
not fail in our restlessness to build a great and prosperous
Let us join hands in solidarity to fight for peace, for justice, for equity,
for freedom and for the right of all the peoples of the world. Lets us continue
to fight for responsible and responsive leadership and for our people to
determine their fate.
On Kaiama Declaration we stand. We will not sit here and die.
Long live Ijawnation, Long live the Niger Delta!
Note: Prayer portion adapted from the sermon of
Dr. Mensa Otabil’s book, Buy The Future
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July 11, 2003
President George W. Bush
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
President Bush of the United States of America on his August Visit to
We welcome you to Nigeria on this
August visit of yours as the President of the United States. The United States
has long had a tradition of promoting liberty, justice, the rule of law and is
proud to stand on the side of brave people everywhere who seek the same freedoms
upon which the United States was founded. And each year the United States
reaffirms her determination to work for freedom around the globe. We the Ijaws,
one of the indigenous peoples of the Niger Delta region of Nigeria numbering
over 14 million, welcome you and wish you well .
Mr. President, as you
once said, in too many corners of the earth, freedom and independence are the
victims of dictators or elected tyrants driven by hatred, fear, designs of
ethnic superiority, religious intolerance, and xenophobia. These despots deny
their citizens the liberty and justice that is the birthright of all people.
Some governments starve their people, take away their voices and in many other
places, people are denied the most basic rights to speak in freedom, and their
daily lives are haunted by the fear of the secret police. Mr. President, these
are words and facts that you are well aware of and have alluded to in the past.
We welcome you to our world as Ijaws of the Niger Delta.
as you are well aware, we Ijaws have long sought the same freedoms upon which
the United States was founded. The freedom to have a voice on how the resources
from our land are taken and utilized by the national government, of fairness and
of simple human dignity. Mr. President, the resource is oil. For far too long,
we have been subjected to tyrannical decrees, our lands and resources forcible
taken against our will, our environment and basic livelihood destroyed and
polluted from decades of exploitative exploration activities by successive
governments and the giant oil conglomerates such as Shell, ChevronTexaco,
ExxonMobil, TotalFinaElf, and Agip. It is immoral and unconscionable to note
that these oil conglomerates who do business in the United States, and profess
in their boardrooms to be corporately responsible and responsive, and despite
four decades and hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue from exploration
activities on our land and sea, have left us the host communities, with
ecological devastation, misery, sorrow, tears and blood. In short, Mr.
President, our human rights, dignity, voices and birthright as Ijaws are
effectively suppressed by brutal intimidation and physical harm because of oil
on our land. This Mr. President is unacceptable and must come to an
Mr. President, we are sure that you have seen or will see Abuja and
some institutions that are worthy of your commendation. Institutions such as
schools and health care facilities. What you may not have known is that Abuja
and most of these facilities were built from the resources forcibly decreed on
the oil producing Niger Delta. Despite hundreds of billions of dollars of
revenue accrued from exploitative oil exploration on our lands, and despite
abundant fresh water, we have no electricity, no potable water and no
noticeable infrastructures, but we are left to breathe polluted air, drink
polluted water and our farms lay waste, while our beaches are eroded and
polluted due to the effects of devastating oil exploration. These are results of
decades of policies instituted by successive nonchalant administrations. We
therefore, would like you to see the true picture and hear stories of decades of
unjust tyrannical decrees and the effect on our people and our environment first
Mr. President, if you know Abuja, you should also know about Odi,
Finima, Oloibiri, Kaiama and other devastated Niger Delta communities. You have
no doubt seen past man inhumanity against fellow man during your visit to the
slave trade posts on Goree Island in Senegal. We invite you to take 10 minutes
of your busy schedule to have an eyewitness and another life changing experience
of modern day servitude, and of what four decades of servitude and
marginalization has done to our people and land. Allow us to intimate you with
this quote from a fellow Nigerian who once said, "It seems to me that the further
away you are from where the resources of this country are produced, the better
you profit from it. The people who are nearer, who are proximate to the source
of the resource are poor. During the Oputa panel sittings I shuddered to see
the depravity of the people in the oil producing areas. I don't think it is
right for us to feel that as long as we can hoodwink, pull the wool on the face
of our unfortunate brothers, wave our authority and powers and the amount of
weapons we can use to level them, we wouldn't have a conscience" ... Mr.
President, the precedent quote does not even begin to paint the dark abyss and
distress that decades of governmental policies have visited on us, the
Mr. President, you once said that "those in other lands seeking to
unshackle themselves from dictatorship will also have America's support," all we
are asking for is your administrations solidarity and support to end these
conditions of servitude. We ask you to use your good offices to encourage change
and if need be compel the oil conglomerates to be corporately sensitive and
responsive in their operations in our environment. We ask that you use the US or
international legal system as a tool for positive change. We have one land and
one home, and it is our birthright to live freely as we choose and enjoy the
resources of our land and sea, without being subject to environmental pollution,
shoreline erosion, devastated livelihood and physical harm from constituted
authorities every time we ask for fairness and voice our frustrations due to
exploitative oil exploration activities on our birthright land, which we now
have no control. Again, as you once said, Mr. President, "They are the
nonnegotiable demands of human dignity." We agree with you, our birthright to
self dignity is nonnegotiable.
Mr. President, we are aware that Nigeria
plays a vital role in the oil industry and we Ijaws are in the middle of this
role. We can assure you that the United States have no greater friend than the
Ijaws in seeing that oil exploration activities on Ijaw land and sea are
mutually beneficial to both sides. All we ask for is fairness and choice, a non
negotiable human right. Mr. President we are weary of servitude, tired of being
a captive Nation and we are resentful.
Finally, Mr. President, history
teaches us that when people are given a choice between freedom and tyranny,
freedom will win. And as you once said, "One of our greatest strengths in this
struggle against a world of fear, chaos, and captivity is our commitment to
standing alongside people everywhere determined to build a world of freedom,
dignity, and tolerance." we ask you again to use your good offices to reaffirm
your commitment and devotion to the aspirations of all peoples for liberty,
justice, and self-determination.
Again, Mr. President, we welcome you
and thank you for your time. We bid you God's speed as you return to the United
Condoleeza Rice, National Security Adviser
Hon. Colin Powell, Secretary of
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