Urhobo Historical Society

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA'S INVASION OF ODI, BAYELSA STATE, NIGER DELTA
November-December, 1999


NIGERIANS AT HOME DEBATE AND COMMENT ON OBASANJO'S THREAT OF SANCTIONS AGAINST BAYELSA STATE


Debates and comments on President Olusegun Obasanjo's threats against Bayelsa State were not as widespread as would be expected in mature federations, such as Canada and the United States. Two reasons may account for the muted response inside Nigeria to threat of sanctions against a state of the Nigerian Federation from the Nigerian President. First, President Obasanjo was still in his honeymoon with the Nigerian people. There was a degree of trust that he would be restrained. Second, the old devil of ethnocentrism allowed Nigerians to leave the Niger Delta to its own fate. Indeed, the only protests recorded here came from the Ijaws and the Guardian newspaper. Even so, the opinions expressed by the Guardian and the Ijaws appear cogent and well reasoned. They call attention to the President's indifference to threats to peace elsewhere in Nigeria while appearing severe and rude towards a powerless state.

DEPUTY GOVERNOR OF BAYELSA STATE'S COMMENTS
IJAW ELDERS BERATE PRESIDENT OLUSEGUN OBASANJO FOR BIASED AND ONE-SIDED THREAT AGAINST IJAWS AND NIGER DELTA
GUARDIAN (LAGOS) PLEADS FOR RESTRAINT AND FAIRNESS

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