Urhobo Historical Society

THE IKWERRE YOUTH CONVENTION (IYC)
CONDEMNS INVASION OF ODI



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Subject: [Ijaw_National_Congress] IKWERRE YOUTH CONDEMN MILITARY INVASION OF ODI
Date: 27 Nov 1999 17:47:04 -0000
From: incusa@aol.com
To: Ijaw_National_Congress@onelist.com

THE IKWERRE YOUTH CONVENTION (IYC)

OBIRI OBIWALI, 564 IKWERRE ROAD,
RUMUIGBO TOWN, OBIO/AKPOR LGA, RIVERS STATE.

November 24, 1999

THE TEXT OF A PRESS RELEASE IN RESPECT OF THE INVASION OF ODI, IN BAYELSA STATE BY THE GENERAL OLUSEGUN OBASANJO MILITARY

The recent invasion of Odi and the entire Ijaw community by the General Olusegun Obasanjo military has again demonstrated the desperation that has characterised the entire Nigerian rulers, in their effort to scramble for the oil wealth of the Niger Delta region in active collaboration with transnational treadmills of production. While the locals and oppressed people of these region remain in perpetual poverty, gnashing their teeth under excruciating deprivation and perpetual neglect and consigned into the dustbin of history, the ultimate objective of these rulers is to loot their resources.

The Ikwerre Youth Convention wish to reiterate very strongly that it is impossible for us to sit very quietly and watch the General Obasanjo led regime bring ethnic minorities into extinction. The agenda is all too glaring; it is a question of a phased plan of elimination of ethnic minorities. When they finish with the Ijaws, who knows the next? Yesterday, it was the Ogoni; Today it is the Ijaws. Whose turn is next?

The Ikwerre Youth Convention condemns in very strong terms the Obasanjo crisis agenda as a way out of the Niger Delta crises and demand for the immediate withdrawal of the Obasanjo soldiers in Odi, the entire Ijaw communities and the Niger Delta communities. This action of the Obasanjo regime is purely a state inspired criminal access to the resources of local community people

The crises in the Niger Delta is born out of years of decay and deprivation which are all deeply rooted in socio-economic, political and ecological paradigm. Militarising the region will aggravate issues and is also capable of gradually sliding into a full scale arms struggle, which has both a global and regional implication for a country of over 130 million inhabitants.

The solution to the crisis is deeply rooted on the need for a sovereign national conference, where parties could come together and define the way forward for a new and vibrant Nigeria, whose foundation will be anchored on equity, justice and fair play.

This Obasanjo inspired act has clearly demonstrated his regime determination to cause the extinction of the minorities in the Niger Delta as to have an unfettered and unhindered access to the peoples resources. The regimes agenda in this direction has all been very glaring in the manner he has steadfastly defended his military even when they were caught in the broad daylight committing sacrilege, raping women in Choba community. An abomination in the traditional religious belief of the Ikwerre people.

We further reiterate our demand for the investigation of these rape offences in Choba and the killing of the four youths by the Obasanjo military and the prosecution of the culprits. It is all too awful that a regime that parades itself as a democratically elected government can engage in this act of man's inhumanity to man. Within a short duration, it has committed so much human rights abuse, killing defenceless citizens and defending state aggression.

Thanks,

Signed,

Stanley O. Worgu.
Director of External Relations and Strategic Contact
Ikwerre Youth Convention (IYC)
Lund, Sweden.


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