URHOBO HISTORICAL SOCIETY

CONVENERS' DRAFT REPORT
OF
THE WARRI PEACE CONFERENCE
JULY 24, 1999,
AT HOWARD UNIVERSITY, WASHINGTON, DC


Mr. Bawo Ayomike's Comments on Draft Report


Source:
Subject: FW: A Note From The Conveners of the Peace Congress in Washington, D.C. - And A Draft Report (fwd)
Date: Tue, 3 Aug 1999 22:55:25 -0400
From: "Natufe, Igho" <inatufe@NRCan.gc.ca>
To: 'Peter Ekeh' <PPEkeh@acsu.buffalo.edu>, "'peterekeh@adelphia.net'"
<peterekeh@adelphia.net>
FYI
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From: Bawo Ayomike[SMTP:Bawo_Ayomike@freddiemac.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 03 August, 1999 5:30 PM
To: Mobolaji E. Aluko
Cc: Natufe, Igho; 'Philip A. Ikomi'; 'Andrew Edevbie'; 'Andrew Edevbie'; 'Eyisan E. Omagbemi'; 'Ambassador Elizabeth Ogbon'; 'Aruegodore Oyiborhoro'; 'olaoye@monmouth.edu'; 'Jebiware@mcla.mass.edu'; > 'jebiware@nasc.mass.edu'; 'Francis Ebikefe Porbeni'; 'fabeson@netzero.com'
Subject: RE: A Note From The Conveners of the Peace Congress in Washingto n, D.C. - And A Draft Report (fwd)


 Dear Bolaji,

We have no opposition to your report.

We will take this opportunity to state our position on reconvening on  October 16. We welcome dialogue with our neighbors. However, as we have made clear, we will not partake in discussions on issues associated with the  title of the Olu of Warri and the ownership of Warri because they are not in dispute,  irrelevant  to the current crisis in Warri and of personal interest to Itsekiri  people. We  have not seen, heard or read anything to change our opinion. As Governor  Ibori and Chief Edwin Clark, who denounced claims of the existence of  Okere-Urhobo  kingdom, advised Mr. Okumagba in Asaba, Delta State, about three weeks
 ago, we ask those who feel disaffected to seek redress through lawfully  constituted  institutions. This will be our last comment on this issue.

We note that Ijaw, Itsekiri and Urhobo leaders meeting with Governor Ibori  agree that the single identifiable flash point of the Warri Crisis is the Ijaw  perception of the LGA headquarters relocation from Ogbe-Ijoh. We ought to  give  support to efforts to resolve that issue while we direct our energies to  seeking  solutions to the serious matters of economic and political empowerment for  our people. We are eager to join discussions on areas of common interest to
Itsekiris, Ijaws, Urhobos, etc., but are disinclined to reconvene to "simply pick up on the arguments where we left them."

Thank you.

Bawo [Ayomike]


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