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Opinion – Exactly eight years ago this month scores of Ijaw youths met at Kaiama, the hometown of the late Isaac Idaka Boro, the Ijaw warrior. On December 11, , 5, Ijaw people representing over 40 Ijaw clans, chose the town of Kaiama to articulate their aspirations for the Ijaw people, and to . But it s having a running battle with security agents over a planned meeting of Ijaw youths worldwide, today, on the Kaiama Declaration.

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Based on the foregoing, we, the youths of Ijawland, hereby make the following resolutions to be known as the Kaiama Declaration: Ogoni is like heaven compared with the squalor I saw. After severalappeals to L ondon failed to address their predicament the people under King Frederick Koko deflaration the Royal Niger Company at Akassa, and completely destroyed it.

This code of conduct should also guide the nature of political activity within Ijawland with a primary goal of eliminating violence in our political activities and empowering the people. Hence, we advise all oil companies staff and contractors to withdraw from Ijaw territories by the 30th December pending the resolution of the issue of resource ownership and control in the Ijaw area of the Niger Delta.

Williams, kaiamaa secretary of the INC, publicly endorsed the Kaiama Declaration, which he interpreted to mean that “if you want to fight an enemy, you must bring it to its knees: That the degradation of the environment of Ijawland by transnational oil companies and the Nigerian State arise mainly because Ijaw people have been robbed of their natural rights to ownership and control of their land and resources through the instrumentality of undemocratic Nigerian State legislations such as the Land Use Decree ofthe Petroleum Decrees of andthe Lands Title Vesting etc.

This page was last edited on 20 Novemberat Ex-Biafra leader, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu. Council, particularly commended the role some of our elders have played in the ongoing struggle for self-determination for our nation. I can categorically tell you that they are the major bunkerers. As a result of environmental pollution, the self-sustaining capacity of our lands and rivers to feed our people have been severely degraded.

We demand the immediate withdrawal from Ijawland of all military forces of occupation and repression dcelaration the Nigerian State. Whoever that must do business in our land must have the capacity to protect our collective heritage.

I doubt if any government official has ever been to that place” “The deal with hostage takers” by Olusegun Adeniyi, ThisDay, February 2,backpage of extreme concern to me here is the health of environment.

All articles lacking reliable references Articles lacking reliable references from August Nigeria articles missing geocoordinate data All articles needing coordinates Articles needing additional categories from September Modern-day Nigeria has been the site of numerous kingdoms and tribal states over the millennia, the modern state originated from British colonial rule beginning in the 19th century, and the merging of the Southern Nigeria Declarayion and Northern Nigeria Protectorate in The Ijaw environment is dying.

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Ambassador to Nigeria Howard F. Men and women of Urhobo heritage are organized either by elders based on the system and or based on rich. To what extent are we, either as elected officials, traditional rulers or civil servants accountable to the citizens from whom we are supposed to derive authority to serve? We must get along if we are to be united and win the battles and the war ultimately. The document further condemns the obnoxious laws governing oil production in the country, and warns all TNCs exploiting oil and gas in the Ijaw territories to repudiate their declartaion venture agreements with the Federal Government, and urges the oil companies to initiate a new and equitable relationship, based on informed mutual consent with the oil-producing communities.

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Conference approved that the best way for Nigeria is a federation of ethnic nationalities. Are you saying that the soldiers are involved in bunkering; this is a very strong statement you are making?

By Octoberthe FMG had regained the land after intense fighting, in Septemberthe federal army planned what Gowon described as the final offensive. The word Urhobo refer to a group of people and not the geographical territory, the Urhobos have social and cultural affinity to the Edo speaking people of Nigeria.

We express our solidarity with all peoples organisations and ethnic nationalities in Nigeria and elsewhere who are struggling for self-determination and justice. Isoko is closely related in language and culture, leading to the missionaries erroneously labelling the Urhobo and this name was strongly rejected by both tribes. Saro-Wiwa lost the election in a narrow margin and it was during this time he had a fall kaiamaa with his friend Edwards Kobani. We reject this labeling. It is the issue of development.

See What Everyone is Watching. It is just like African Pride disappeared and they were pretending that they did not know — that is what they are doing in the region. Declaraation pointed out that these electoral conflicts are a manifestation of the undemocratic and unjust nature of the military transition programme.

Ijaw youths and Peoples will promote the principle of peaceful coexistence between all Ijaw communities and with our immediate neighbours, despite the provocative and divisive actions of the Declaraation State, transnational oil companies and their contractors. Royal Benin ivory maskone of Nigeria’s most dfclaration artefacts. That the violence in Ijawland and other parts of the Niger Delta area, sometimes manifesting in intra and inter ethnic declaratjon are sponsored by the State and transnational oil companies to keep the communities of the Niger Delta area divided, weak and distracted from the causes of their problems.

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The area was the British Oil Rivers Protectorate from untilthe delta is a petroleum-rich region, and has been the centre of international controversy over pollution, corruption, and human rights violations. It comprises 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, where the capital, Nigeria is officially a democratic secular country. At this juncture, we cannot fail to mention the health problem of monumental proportion that is gradually decimating our communities.

Some of his works drew inspiration from the play, ina radio version of the play was produced and inhe produced, Basi and Company, a successful screen adaption of the play. That the degradation of the environment of Ijawland by transnational oil companies and the Nigerian State arise mainly because Ijaw people have been robbed of dfclaration natural rights to ownership and control of their land and resources through the instrumentality of undemocratic Nigerian State legislations such as the Land Use Decree ofthe Petroleum Decrees of andthe Lands Title Vesting etc.

The Kaiama Declaration was issued by the Ijaw Youth Council IYC of Nigeria on 11 December to attribute the political crisis in Nigeria to the struggle for the control of oil mineral resources, while asserting that the degradation of the environment of Kaia,a by transnational oil companies and the Nigerian State arise mainly because Ijaw people have kxiama robbed of their natural rights to ownership and control of their land and resources.

The declraation are clear, if a wrong candidate is fielded in an election, the elections are annulled and fresh elections will be ordered.

Kaiama Declaration

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. It is time for every Ijaw to reexamine his or kaiamaa conscience and make those choices and decisions that would move us forward.

This is an immediate and urgent reality facing our peoples in these states. It is inexcusable for our own people to turn local agents of neglect and deprivation as this calls into question, the moral justification we have to condemn our external oppressors. On completion of education, he obtained a scholarship to study English at the University of Ibadan.

Three days after his arrival, nearby Bonny was liberated by federal troops and he followed his job as an administrator with appointment as a commissioner in the old Rivers State.

Nigeria: The Kaiama Declaration – Eight Years After

That but for the economic interests of the imperialists, the Ijaw ethnic nationality would have evolved as a distinct and separate sovereign nation, enjoying undiluted political, economic, social, and cultural AUTONOMY. We hope this gathering will critically review these recommendations. Kaiama Declaration is like an article of faith, a sort of Bible to the Ijaw youths involved in the Declaratioon struggle.