KAIAMA DECLARATION PDF

Tweet The fight to control the natural resources from Niger Delta region got much stronger when youths in the region got into arms struggle. And Ken SaroWiwa was hanged by the Federal. The Supreme Egbesu Assembly operated in the Niger delta region with peaceful demonstration carried out at Port Harcourt Government House and other major public places. It made much impact in sensitizing the global community about the exploitation of the wealth coming from the mangrove nooks and crannies and various poor stricken communities of Niger Delta. The local boys Ijaw Youth Councils also got involved in the struggle proper with the local distillation and production of Petroleum products taking place in the creeks. It was on this note that gave the various political parties in the country in to search for a South-South Vice President as Governor Goodluck Jonathan was lucky in that order to have emerged as Vice President and later President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in and Acting President as he was elected President in

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These communities have seen little benefit from the revenue derived from the export of around two million barrels of oil a day, and yet they have suffered the adverse consequences of oil production, including environmental degradation and the deployment of abusive army and police units.

Abdulsalami Abubakar released many political prisoners, relaxed repressive measures including in Ogoniland , and instituted a fresh transition program for the restoration of civilian government. The apparently improved respect for freedom of expression and association encouraged activists in the oil producing regions to make a case to incoming civilian politicians for their demands to be met.

On December 11, , youths meeting at Kaiama, Bayelsa State, formed an Ijaw Youth Council IYC and adopted a declaration which attributed "the political crisis in Nigeria" to "the struggle for the control of oil mineralresources," while asserting 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.

We demand the immediate withdrawal from Ijawland of all military forces of occupation and repression by the Nigerian State. Any oil company that employs the services of the armed forces of the Nigerian State to "protect" its operations will be viewed as an enemy of the Ijaw people.

Family members of military personnel stationed in Ijawland should appeal to their people to leave the Ijaw area alone. We, therefore, demand that all oil companies stop all exploration and exploitation activities in the Ijaw area. We are tired of gas flaring, oil spillages, blowouts and being labeled saboteurs and terrorists. It is a case of preparing the noose for our hanging. We reject this labeling.

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. In Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa State, a heavy-handed security force response led to confrontations over the next few days between youths and soldiers in Yenagoa and nearby communities that resulted in the deaths of dozens of youths and two or three soldiers, as described below.

The Kaiama Declaration echoes previous documents along similar lines adopted by other groups in the oil producing regions. Williams, national 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: first all the multinational oil companies must stop producing, and after we talk, then they can continue to produce.

Both the Izon and the Ogbia are sub-groups of the Ijaw.

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KAIAMA DECLARATION PDF

INTRODUCTION We, Ijaw youths drawn from over five hundred communities from over 40 clans that make up the Ijaw nation and representing 25 representative organisations met, today, in Kaiama to deliberate on the best way to ensure the continuos survival of the indigenous peoples of the Ijaw ethnic nationality of the Niger Delta within the Nigerian state. After exhaustive deliberations, the Conference observed: a. 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. That the division of the Southern Protectorate into East and West in by the British marked the beginning of the balkanisation of a hitherto territorially contiguous and culturally homogeneous Ijaw people into political and administrative units, much to our disadvantage. This trend is continuing in the balkanisation of the Ijaws into six states-Ondo, Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Akwa Ibom States, mostly as minorities who suffer socio-political, economic, cultural and psychological deprivations. That the quality of life of Ijaw people is deteriorating as a result of utter neglect, suppression and marginalisation visited on Ijaws by the alliance of the Nigerian state and transnational oil companies.

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Mezibar It was alleged to be an Igbo coup because Nnamdi Azikiwe, the President, of Igbo extraction, in July northern officers and army units staged a counter-coup. 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 deeclaration 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. Also, Mr Timi Ogoriba, a founding father of the IYC who spoke to newsmen on the sideline said the celebration would provide the platform to do a reappraisal of the Ijaw struggle. Other ethnic groups that constituted oaiama republic were the Efik, Ibibio, Annang, Ejagham, Eket, Ibeno, the secession of the Biafran region was the primary cause of the Nigerian Civil War, also known as the Biafran War. Having identified our problems, future generations yet unborn will not forgive us, if we fail to act decisively to address and find lasting solutions to these problems. We express our solidarity with all peoples ,aiama and ethnic nationalities in Nigeria and elsewhere who are struggling for self-determination and justice. This imperative is one of leadership within Ijaw nation.

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After exhaustive deliberations, the Conference observed: a. 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. That the division of the Southern Protectorate into East and West in by the British marked the beginning of the balkanisation of a hitherto territorially contiguous and culturally homogeneous Ijaw people into political and administrative units, much to our disadvantage. This trend is continuing in the balkanisation of the Ijaws into six states-Ondo, Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Akwa Ibom States, mostly as minorities who suffer socio-political, economic, cultural and psychological deprivations.

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