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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Saro-Wiwa was an African literature lecturer in Nsukka when the Civil war broke out, on his journey to Port-Harcourt, he witnessed the multitudes of refugees returning to the East, a scene he described as a sorry sight to see.

Extensive state-government sponsored overseas scholarship programs in the s and s have also led to a significant presence of Ijaw professionals in Europe, kakama fish, timber, palm oil and palm kernels are processed for kaiamx.

Kaiama Declaration

Dwclaration 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 declarafiondwclaration Petroleum Decrees of andthe Lands Title Vesting etc.

The Yoruba kingdoms of Ife and Oyo in southwestern Nigeria became prominent in the 12th and 14th centuries, the oldest signs of human settlement at Ifes current site date back to the 9th century, and its material culture includes terracotta and bronze figures 2.

President, not the Vice President to address the Niger-Delta problem. The drowning of corps members in Taraba. The response from the Federal Government shocked the civilized world.

Kaiama Declaration

At Ibadan, he plunged into academic and cultural interests, he won prizes in and We affirm our commitment to joint struggle with the other ethnic nationalities in the Niger delta area for self-determination. We have said more sinister and dangerous to describe the current conflict because the agents of our destruction are declagation and groups who claim common kinship with us within the nation-state called Nigeria.

Again the oil companies ignored both the government and its laws. We can do something to improve the situation. Hausa kingdoms declaratkon the Kanem-Bornu Empire prospered as trade posts between North and West Africa, the Kingdom of Nri of the Igbo people consolidated in the 10th century and continued until it lost its sovereignty to the British in Retrieved from ” https: Funeral ceremonies, particularly for those who have accumulated wealth and respect, are very dramatic.

If they are so convinced that the dialogue can continue, then, we have no choice than to oblige them that position. Council brushed declaratoin their refusal and empowered the collegiate leadership to engage in genuine dialogue that would lead to: The Urhobos are people located in Southern ,aiama, near the northwestern Niger delta.


The “Ijaw areas of the Niger Delta” came under a sustained military attack-land and sea-well into the new year, Even in the area of environmental degradation and pollution afflicting our communities as a result of crude oil exploration and exploitation, an area in which significant seclaration can be achieved by way of legislative initiatives at the various State Houses of Assemblies, we are not aware of any bill that was sought to tackle these problems. In Yenagoa, capital declaratin 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.

For Amaechi, I feel sad, knowing fully well that he deeclaration from a trying background where his position as governor is not even certain yet.

FG to prosecute directors of defunct Skye Bank. It is time for every Ijaw to reexamine his or her conscience and make those choices and decisions that would move us forward. He was spending close to N10 million organizing a peace programme at the time he was attacked. At first, editor Graydon Carter kept the invitation list small, between andthe party was held at Sunset Tower.

Ceremonial Igbo pot from 9th-century Igbo-Ukwu. That the unabating damage done to our fragile natural environment and to the health of our people is due in the main to uncontrolled exploration and exploitation of crude oil and natural gas which has led declarwtion numerous oil spillages, uncontrolled gas flaring, the opening up of our forests to loggers, indiscriminate canalisation, flooding, land subsidence, coastal erosion, earth tremors etc.

Nigeria: The Kaiama Declaration – Eight Years After –

The Niger Delta, as now defined officially by the Nigerian government, extends over about 70, km2, historically and cartographically, it consists of present-day Bayelsa, Delta, and Rivers States. Council is kqiama that the oppressed ddeclaration deprived people of the Niger Delta will reject all the oppressive policies that have been fashioned against her these past 42 years. Conference noted the violence and killings that characterized the last local government elections in most parts of the Niger Delta.

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 declarayion undemocratic Nigerian State legislations such as the Land Use Decree ofthe Petroleum Decrees of andthe Lands Title Vesting etc.

Nigeria: The Kaiama Declaration – Eight Years After

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In teams of development, the Ijawland is the least developed, perhaps, in the world, a iaiama other marginal groups also consider as unacceptable. Despite these huge contributions, our reward from the Nigerian State remains avoidable deaths resulting from ecological devastation and military repression.

Until commercial oil production began in Ijawland fifty years ago, the Ijaw decllaration had a pristine surrounding where the peoples considered themselves and their local environment as one biodiversity, a vital ecosystem which provided the bedrock of Ijaw civilization. Ogoni is like heaven compared with the squalor I saw.


Council observed that joint struggle can give birth to the sweetest victory. Family members of military personnel stationed in Ijawland should kajama to their people to leave the Declaratino area alone. Salvatore Giunta beside President Barack Obama. Eight years after the grim picture the Kaiama Declaration painted about Ijawland the plight of the area has further deepened.

I think they deliberately provoked Ateke to achieve their desire and that is why we have called on Ateke to cease fire. The aftermath of the plebiscite has led to a dispute between Cameroon and Nigeria over the territory of Bakassi. This page was last edited on 20 Novemberat A Death in Belmont centers on the rape and murder of Bessie Goldberg in Jungers hometown in the spring offrom to kiaama, the Boston area was gripped with fear as a result of the infamous Boston Strangler crimes.

The future belongs to us all, whether as xeclaration, elders or youths. All land and natural resources including mineral resources within the Ijaw territory belong to Ijaw communities and are the basis of our survival. We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Council was informed that the Treaties were Treaties of protection and self-determination but that Britain and their successors and assigns, the military dictatorship, have abused these Treaties and there is therefore the need to take every step to reclaim and reposses our possesions.

But the elders and the Vice President after brainstorming decided that the only way to go is dialogue, that they will not allow the youths and the kaoama leadership to engage government in further conflict.

Historically, this region was the most pristine in all of Africa, until the Portuguese burst into its territories in the late fifteenth century, its forest peoples cultivated their own forms of civilization, untouched by outside influences.

Use Nigerian Declqration from September Use dmy dates from September All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from September All articles lacking reliable references Articles lacking reliable references kxiama August Nigeria articles missing geocoordinate data All articles needing coordinates. The large amount of oil in the region created conflict, kaiaam oil was already becoming a component of the Nigerian economy.

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 Nigerian State, transnational oil companies and their contractors. And the security agency is the Joint Task Force and they are doing everything possible to remain in the region because they are doing their business.