National Union of Ogoni Students

Dedicated to the memory of Ken Saro-Wiwa, the Ogoni people, and all indigenous students around the world

April 9, 2006

Open Letter to Governor Peter Odili

Filed under: Letters @ 6:35 am

OPEN LETTER FROM NUOS INTL,USA TO THE RIVERS STATE GOVERNOR DR. PETER ODILI

NATIONAL UNION OF OGONI STUDENTS
[NUOS INTL], USA

2517 W DEVON AVE. STE 5 , CHICAGO IL 60659, USA

www.nuos-ogoni.org~nuos.intl@gmail.com~773-250-7004.

Sir [Dr]. Peter Odili

Executive Governor

River State,

Government House

Port Harcourt, Nigeria .

January 23, 2006

An Open Letter to Governor Peter Odili

Your Excellency Sir,

We, the National Union of Ogoni Students (NUOS) wish to draw your attention to the recent political development set forth by your administration to carry out another pogrom in Ogoniland. The gory experiences we went through, while you were the deputy Governor under the defunct administration of Rufus Ada George, are still fresh in our minds. Presently, we are aware of your covert and overt schemes to coerce Shell Oil Company on Ogoni people, a company that has been declared persona non grata in Ogoniland.

Your Excellency, you have used your administration to feed the vicious circle of bribery, corruption, and violence, which has resulted in poverty in Rivers State especially in Ogoniland. The movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) has incessantly been bribed under the leadership of the betrayer, Mr. Ledum Mitee, as a means to silence the genuine voice, dreams, and aspirations of the people. However, we are not surprised at your largesse in the name of either promoting MOSOP activities or developing Ogoni, but it was part of government plot to acquit Ledum Mitee in 1995 in order to bring back Shell to Ogoniland. Be informed that no amount of bribery would be traded for the lives of our patriots. Apparently, the violence that is prevalent in Ogoniland today is orchestrated by your administration in order to cow Ogoni people to accept your hidden agenda.

It is obvious that you support renegade Ogonis who prowl themselves as leaders and representatives in a bid to cajole the already traumatized and castrated Ogoni People into believing that the resumption of Shell’s operation in Ogoniland is the sine qua non for our prosperity and the much needed development. These cabals are responsible for all the mosaic problems plaguing Ogoniland today. We are disgusted that you were quick to apologize to Ogoni people for the inability of President Obasanjo to attend Ogoni Day celebration at Bori, but you lack the courage to apologize to Ogoni people for all the atrocities you have perpetuated, visible and invisible state powers against Ogoni since you were Deputy Governor to the present day. We are also aware that you have concluded arrangements with Shell and the federal government, and included representatives of the Nigerian Armed Forces in attendance to use force to subdue or crackdown on any protest or resistance. This plan will not do us any good, and will not facilitate the return of Shell either, but will escalate the already tense situation in Ogoni and lead to more bloodshed. Be reminded that we will hold you and your cronies, including your immediate and extended families, accountable for your actions no matter how long it takes.

Base on the foregoing, the National Union Of Ogoni Students residing in the United States of America resolve as follows:

1. That Ken Saro-Wiwa should be exonerated;

2. That Shell remains persona non grata in Ogoniland;

3. That we demand an Ogoni state before negotiation;

4. That the only term of reference for negotiation is Ogoni Bill of Rights;

5. That we reject the Government being an arbiter because it is part of

the conflict;

6. That the land use decree and all other Draconian laws that continue to repress the Ogoni people and Niger delta should be repealed immediately;

7. That we reject the present composition of the peace panel, because they would not represent the genuine interest of the people;

8. That we insist that an international representation compromised of the United Nations, environmental groups, and other interest groups be part of the peace talk; and

9. That you, Governor Odili, should stop insulting Ogoni people by telling them to forget the past.

The National Union of Ogoni Students will vehemently resist all attempts by you and your cronies to foist Shell on Ogoni people. We will do everything within our power, including and not limited to, legal action against you in the International Crimina Court in the Hague for your complicity in crimes against humanity (Ogoni people).

Sir, we have stated the above in good faith and sincerity, and hope that you would use your executive office to give the Ogoni people the peace they deserve. Thank you for your attention.

Sincerely yours,

Pius Barikpoa Nwinee

Chairman, Caretaker Committee

Blessing Wifa

Secretary, Caretaker Committee

Freddie Idamkue

Member, Caretaker committee

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Coalition for International Justice

Human Rights Watch

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Sierra Club

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“We are going to demand our RIGHTS - Peacefully, Non-violently, and we shall WIN”
Ken Saro-Wiwa (1941-1995)

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