When Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Nigerian Foreign Minister Ojo Maduekwe, she pledged to explore U.S. military support for Nigeria with regards to the current crisis in the Niger Delta (Ogoniland).
January 4, 1993 was the day for carefully planned a peaceful demonstrations throughout Ogoni. All six kingdoms of Ogoni turned out 300,000 people in protest rallies characterized by marches, speeches, drumming and dancing. Most of the lost vegetation appeared'replaced' on the streets, roads and playgrounds as every protester brandished green leaves alongside placards. The rally was also to mark the UN International Year of the World's Indigenous Peoples.
The Nigerian military, in collaboration with Shell, rather than address the demands articulated in the Ogoni Bill of Rights chose to visit warfare on the people and kill MOSOP. Without any valid allegation Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogonis were sentenced to death and executed on November 1995 using testimonies ‘witnesses' were bribed to sign. Shell retained the services of an attorney, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) to represent ‘the interest of Shell' throughout the proceedings of the military tribunal. In that, Shell and the Nigeriam military, demonstrated again, that the spilling of blood is legitimate as long as oil would flow. While 20 other Ogonis await trial by the same tribunal, Ogoni remains under military siege. MOSOP leadership is being decimated in an attempt to crush the movement.
Undeterred, the Ogoni defied the military to hold their annual Ogoni Day celebration on January 4th 1996. The army again went to work, increasing troops to over 3,000, shooting, killing, and looting at the end of which some persons were killed, several wounded and at least 300 arrested, including Ledum Mitee, lawyer and deputy president of MOSOP who came out of a 16-month detention in October 1995. Ogoni remains under severe suppression.
Ogoni land is currently occupied by the JOINT SECURITY TASK FORCE, BOMB DISPOSAL MILITARY UNIT, INTERNAL SECURITY TASK FORCE, MOPOL 56 UNIT (WITH 9 CHECK POINTS), THE NIGERIAN POLICE FORCE and the planned relocation of BORI CAMP to Sogho community.
I am writing today to urge you to rethink your United States foreign policy with respect to Nigeria. When your Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Nigerian Foreign Minister Ojo Maduekwe, she pledged to explore U.S. military support for Nigeria with regards to the current crisis in the Niger Delta (Ogoniland).
Ogoniland today is currently occupied by the JOINT SECURITY TASK FORCE, BOMB DISPOSAL MILITARY UNIT, INTERNAL SECURITY TASK FORCE, MOPOL 56 UNIT (WITH 9 CHECK POINTS), THE NIGERIAN POLICE FORCE and the planned relocation of BORI MILITARY CAMP to Ogoniland.
The Ogoni people continues to suffers land expropriation, occupation, rape, violence, extra-judicial killings, harassment and other evils at the hands of the Nigerian armed forces. The Ogonis wouldn't be happy and the world will condemned your administration having U.S. military support for Nigerian armed forces who kills their people, rapes their girls, wives and mothers, and looted their properties and desecrated their land.
A U.S. diplomatic approach will benefit "THE U.S INTEREST", Nigerian government and the Ogoni villagers instead of a military solution. Diplomatic negotiations are effective means to peace, and also indicate a growing democracy that respects the rights and needs of its people. Your Support for a diplomatic solution to the current crisis in the Niger Delta (Ogoniland) is the best approach that is in in line with American principles and values.
Please demonstrate that ending genocide is a major priority for your administration by Supporting a Diplomatic Negotiations in the Niger Delta (Ogoniland), and Not Military Solution.