URHOBO HISTORICAL SOCIETY

WASHINGTON, DC, PEACE SUMMIT
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                     WARRI CRISIS:
          INVITATION TO CONGRSS:
Mobolaji Aluko, Philip Ikomi, Francis Porbeni


Phillip:

I am willing to offer the Engineering School Auditorium at Howard University sometime in July for such an important congress.

Bolaji Aluko
6/15/99



 Bolaji,

Thank you for such an excellent and timely response.  With responses such as yours, I have no doubt that we shall realize our goal  for our suffering  people.
 

Anino
6/15/99


Phillip:

You are welcome.

I have a suggestion: it may be best to try and invite some of the authentic leadership IN NIGERIA in each of those communities to such a meeting. Please note that the problem is INSIDE NIGERIA and not here in the US, and I am sure that such congresses have been held
 here, and yet the problem persists.

Best wishes.

 Bolaji Aluko
6/15/99

PS1: By the way, my mother is Itshekiri, so this is not  altogether altruistic. Just declaring my assets.

PS2: We may be able to raise money from ALL friends of the  Niger-Delta area to get these home-based leaders here.



Bolaji,

It is a pleasant surprise to know that you are partly  Itsekiri. Am not sure you speak though, please, correct me if am wrong. I  believe I can claim to be partly Urhobo too. I believe my sister (RIP) it was who told me that my maternal grand father was Urhobo although I did not think he was because we all spoke Itsekiri all the time, and he had an Itsekiri name.

I believe our next task now is to try to get in touch with the leaders of the three ethnic groups here first, and then as you suggested, those in Nigeria, with a view to bringing them here for a meeting. I am presently in touch with an Itsekiri leader from Chicago, whom I  believe you met in  Atlanta last week as he said he saw you. He is Ben  Macarthy. Ben knows  the national Itsekiri leaders and should lead us to them in due course. We  need to get the Ijaw and Urhobo leaders as soon as possible  to continue with the crusade.

Anino
6/16/99



 On Wed, 16 Jun 1999, FRANCIS EBIKEFE PORBENI wrote:

Dr. Aluko,

Thanks for the move. We need the goodwill of all to stop this  madness. I can  assure you of the full participation of Ijaws in this noble effort.

Francis



Francis:

I think that the umbrella Urhobo, Ijaw and Itsekiri organizations in the US (or as many organizations as you can get) should issue a joint communique asking that the madness be stopped (without apportioning blame), and invite the leaders out to a conference - even if you
don't have the money yet. I think that we should be able to get the money by  hook-or-crook.

Bolaji Aluko
6/16/99

PS: If you do it quick, I may be able to get Chief Enahoro to agree to chair some kind of summit while he is still here, if he is agreeable to the factions.



Dr. Aluko,

It is an idea we on the Ijaw side was thinking of, but it seem's some of the Itsekiri > groups are very much embittered given the current upsurge of violence. We need to build some trust among us. I will take up this idea with the leadership of the Itsekiri group I am in touch with. Do you have any Urhobo contacts? I agree on the need for urgency.

Thanks

Francis



Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 22:21:11 -0400 (EDT)

From: "Mobolaji E. Aluko" <maluko@scs.howard.edu>
To: FRANCIS EBIKEFE PORBENI <feporben@unity.ncsu.edu>
Subject: Re: Ijaws, Itsekiris, & Urhobos at War in Delta State, Nigeria.

Francis:

Prof. Ekeh {ppekeh@acsu.buffalo.edu} is probably an Urhobo person that  you can begin with who will direct you appropriately.

Bolaji


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