Chief Anthony Enahoro, CFR
The Warri Crisis Peace Conference / North America
Howard University, Washington DC
Saturday, July 24, 1999
It has to be recognized that the current situation is a spin-off of colonialism, population growth and historical arrangements, and that there is a need for a re-definition of communal relationships. You should all consider not only the rights of individuals but also the rights and legitimate aspirations of the respective nationalities, bearing in mind in particular that the years of military rule and economic factors in the Niger-Delta have excercerbated the issues. It should not be a matter of life and death, rather of life for the nationalities, and living for the individuals.
It is my hope and prayer that your efforts at this conference will go a long way to assisting your fellow compatriots back at home to resolve the problems which they face.
I congratulate all those whose vision and efforts it was to organize
this conference, and I wish you all successful deliberations.