on Sustainable Peace Among Izon, the Itsekiri and the Urhobo
in Warri & its Environs
Conference Room, School of Engineering
Building, Howard University, 2300 6th
Street, NW, Washington, DC 20059
Saturday, July 24, 1999
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JOINT COMMUNIQUE BY IZON AND URHOBO DELEGATIONS
(Issued: September 7, 1999)
The Peace Summit was convened by Dr. Philip A. Ikomi
of George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, and Dr. Mobolaji E. Aluko
of Howard University, Washington, D.C., to discuss and seek solutions to
the lingering crisis involving the indigenes of Warri and its environs.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the Itsekiri, the Izon and
the Urhobo, the three indigenous ethnic groups of Warri, who were invited
by the conveners of the conference. Discussions broke down at a point where
the delegates failed to reach a consensus on some of the agenda items and
the format of the communiqué to be issued at the end of the meeting.
The deadlock arose from the insistence of the Itsekiri delegation that
the title of the Olu, the Itsekiri King and the status of Warri, issues
that are of concern to the Izon and Urhobo delegations, be excluded from
the agenda and the communiqué. The meeting was subsequently adjourned
when it became obvious that no progress could be made in the light of the
disagreement over these issues. The Izon and the Urhobo delegates, however,
agreed to continue discussions at another venue, Best Western Hotels, Washington
Keybridge, 1850 North Fort Meyer Drive, Arlington, Virginia, USA, on the
same day, July 24, 1999. After a careful and exhaustive deliberation of
issues involved in the Warri conflict, the Izon and the Urhobo delegations
resolved as follows:
Condemn all acts of violence, including the wanton destruction
of property and the killing of innocent people in Warri and its Environs.
Call on all parties involved in the conflict, to end the
fighting in Warri and to cease all hostilities in the area.
Call on the Izon and Urhobo communities in Aladja, Diebiri
and Ogbe-Ijoh to find peaceful solutions to the communal conflict engulfing
the people in the area.
Call on the Delta State Government to create local government
councils in Warri Township to reflect the tri-ethnicity of the city.
Call on the three ethnic groups in Warri to recognize and
to respect each other's right of self determination, the pursuit of economic
emancipation, and the freedom to develop one's culture without interference
from others. In this regard, we urge the Itsekiri establishment and other
groups in Nigeria to respect the wishes and rights of the Izon and the
Urhobo in Warri, as free citizens of Nigeria, to administer their own local
governments and to choose their own kings, if they so desire.
Call on the Federal Government to set up a commission of
inquiry to investigate the role of oil companies in the Warri Crisis.
Call on the Governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, to
empanel a commission of inquiry to investigate the source of funding for
the flow of arms and weapons into the area.
Call on the oil companies to provide job opportunities for
the indigenes of Warri and its environs, in accordance with Federal Government
Policy, which restricts all employment of non-skilled labor and 70 percent
of skilled labor to the indigenes.
Call on the Federal Government and the oil companies to provide
scholarship funds for the training of the youth in Warri and its environs,
for careers in the oil and gas industry; education, counseling and technical
assistance to indigenous entrepreneurs to enhance their business
skills in the oil and gas industry.
Call on the Federal Government and oil companies operating
in the area to immediately undertake a program of environmental remediation,
including the clean-up and the restoration of all lands and waterways that
have been polluted as result of oil production activities.
Call on the Federal Government to directly fund the building
of roads, provision of potable water, opening of schools and medical facilities
and other community projects to help raise the standard of living of the
indigenes of Warri and its environs.
Call for the immediate establishment of a true federal structure
of government, which allows ethnic nationalities to have full control of
their resources with unrestricted opportunities to plan and develop their
areas in accordance with their desires and aspirations.
Call for the repeal of all laws/decrees, including Petroleum
Act of 1969, Associated Gas Reinjection Act of 1979, Oil Pipeline Act of
1990, Mineral Act of 1990, Land Title Vesting Decree of 1973, National
Inland Waterways Authority Decree Number 13 of 1997 and all other
obnoxious legislation that deprive the people of Warri and others in the
Niger Delta area, the right to their land and control of their natural
Affirm our resolve to join forces with others in mobilizing
indigenes of Warri and other Nigerians living in North America to work
toward the restoration of law and order in Warri and its environs. To this
end, we pledge to use all resources available to us, to bring about peaceful
resolution of the Aladja, Diebiri and Ogbe-Ijoh conflict.
Affirm our resolve to continue to seek the cooperation of
our Itsekiri brethren in our efforts to find meaningful solutions to the
crisis in our common homeland of Warri and its environs.
Affirm our resolve to set up a consultative body with representatives
from the Isoko, the Itsekiri, the Izon, the Ndukwa, the Ukwuani, the Urhobo
and other indigenes of the Western Niger Delta area to work on issues of
common interest to our people and various communities in the area.