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Aluko's Rejoinder to Urhobo Case on Peace Congress


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Subject: Re: [Fwd: Ijaws, Itsekiris, & Urhobos at War in Delta State, Nigeria?????????]
Date: Sat, 19 Jun 1999 22:13:45 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Mobolaji E. Aluko" <maluko@scs.howard.edu>
To: "Peter P. Ekeh" <ppekeh@acsu.buffalo.edu>
CC: "Philip A. Ikomi" <pikomi@osf1.gmu.edu>, Andrew Edevbie <kevtrics@juno.com>,
FRANCIS EBIKEFE PORBENI <feporben@unity.ncsu.edu>, Igho inatufe@NRCan.gc.ca>, Joe Inikori <inik@uhura.cc.rochester.edu>, Orevaoghene Charles Obaro <impexma@online.no>, Oyiborhoro <oyibo@aol.com>


Prof:

1. I enjoyed your "ethno-community exposition" :-) That is what you get when you intimate that a senior professor might be an "ostrich." He immediately shows his head!

2. I particularly enjoyed your wedding story. Yours is quite a mixed-up family, to coin a phrase.

3. There is actually a "George Okoro" who is Ijaw (or is he Isoko) who is very active in the Ijaw community abroad. I had originally thought he was the one that you were referring to. So "Okoro" is not necessarily Igbo - that much I know - although an Isoko gentleman once explained to me some historical Igbo hegemony that still afflicts them. :-)

4. "Oghene" means "God", nor be so?

5. I hope that you can 'unload' some of your July work to participate in any Congress called here.

6. I hope that you won't mind the participation of a non-Deltan Yoruba who had strong family AG sympathies. I can now see why you have made some unflattering statements about us in the past! :-)

7. Conflict, crisis, misunderstanding... not war, Ok? Whatever it is, it must stop!

Best wishes.

Bolaji Aluko

PS: At the University of Ife from 1971-76, I was a room mate for four out of my five years with Urhobos, first with Fred Sowho (who I hear is a top politician in that area now), and then with Fred Akpofure, a lawyer. So I know some of your sensibilities.


On Sat, 19 Jun 1999, Peter P. Ekeh wrote:
 

Philip and Friends All:

Call it printer's ink or some other name. I called Charles "Okoro." Shame on me. I had just sent an email to an Ibo friend by that name. So, some Freudian trick on my brains. He is Charles Obaro, unless you want to add his real name "Orevaoghene." But I doubt that Charles will go to Church tomorrow to pray to "Oghene." I bet Bolaji will need an  interpreter for this last one.

Cheers all.

Peter Ekeh.


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