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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The deal is nothing but another manipulative exercise by the Obasanjo administration to further consolidate the present status-quo of iniquity and injustice against the peoples of the Niger-Delta. On 11 Decembera group of Ijaw presented the Kaiama Declaration, which stated that all land and natural resources including mineral resources within the Ijaw territory “belong to Ijaw communities”; and also demanded that the IYC cease to recognize all decrees “enacted without our participation and consent.

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. It is also listed among the Next Eleven economies set to become among the biggest in the world, Nigeria is a founding member of the African Union and a member of many other international organizations, including the United Nations, the Commonwealth of Nations and OPEC.

Biafra as a territory existed long before the amalgamation and independence of Nigeria as a republic, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu in pursuit of a more agreeable arrangement for peaceful co-existence of all regions in Nigeria proposed for a confederated Nigeria.

Nigeria: The Kaiama Declaration – Eight Years After –

By its very definition and essence, a leader is one that sets a vision and directs the group or community into accomplishing the objectives agreed upon. Kaixma crumbs from the looted wealth of our community these kinfolks, have connived to engage in the continued subjugation of our peoples. Prev Post Ondo Deputy governor, cabinet members refute kaiamq report.


Map of Nigeria numerically showing states typically considered part of the Niger Delta region: He graduated from Concord Academy in and received a bachelor of degree from Wesleyan University in cultural anthropology in The Xeclaration set up administrative and legal structures whilst practising indirect rule through traditional chiefdoms, Nigeria became a formally independent federation inand plunged into a civil war from to 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.

His actions for me are questionable. The way forward is a Sovereign National Conference of equally represented ethnic nationalities to discuss the nature of a democratic federation of Nigerian ethic nationalities. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons.

Instead, his government labeled the civil protests of the people as seditious and treasonable, and violently suppressed it. Ijaw youths in all the communities in all Ijaw clans in the Niger Delta will take steps to implement these resolutions beginning from the 30th of December,declarationn a step towards reclaiming the control of our lives.

Can anyone of them present here today stand up and speak with gusto enumerating any of their accomplishments? As a consequence of these conditions, the prevailing circumstance of abject poverty further puts a strain on our already weak kaoama of social connectivity and collectivity.

Security alert as Ijaw youths revisit Kaiama declaration

With these historical antecedents, the critical question facing the Ijaw nation remains thus: This website uses cookies to improve your experience. 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.

We also insisted that we have negotiated for too long. 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. His execution provoked outrage and resulted in Declaratino suspension from the Commonwealth of Nations for over three years.


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We are tired of gas flaring; oil spillages, blowouts and being labelled saboteurs and terrorists. Our waters are our source of survival.

Kaiama Declaration

Signed for the entire participants by: In all three states – Delta, Bayelsa, and Rivers – with significant Ijaw representation, and also the National Assembly none of our Ijaw representatives initiated legislation to address the significant issues raised by the struggle for resource control.

They are declration fighting because of marginalisation, so the issue is not the issue of inferior power against superior power.

Ondo Deputy governor, cabinet members refute defection report. The facts are clear, if a wrong candidate is fielded in an election, the elections are annulled and fresh elections will be ordered. We are tired of gas flaring; oil spillages, blowouts and being labelled saboteurs and terrorists. I called him and told him to stop his counter attack and retaliation because some people do not mean well for the region.

We affirm our commitment to joint struggle with the other ethnic nationalities in the Niger delta area for self-determination.