Urhobo Historical Society
NIGER DELTANS REACT TO 
PRESIDENT OLUSEGUN OBASANJO'S MILITARY INVASION OF 
ODI TOWN, BAYELSA STATE, NIGER DELTA
Editorial Foreword

The military invasion of Bayelsa State was received with considerable concern and anger among Niger  Deltans. The protests against President Olusegun Obasanjo's ultimatum was largely led by Ijaws, with  other Deltans not expressing any outward outrage. However, the news of the invasion on November  22, 1999 was quickly followed by an avalanche of protests from a broad spectrum of Niger Deltans.  Apart from general sympathies that Deltans have come to share among themselves, Odi Town had a  sizeable population of migrant Isokos and Urhobos. Indeed, the origins of Odi has been linked to  ancient Isoko migrants. Thus, other ethnic groups in the Niger Delta were concerned with the invasion,  both as an indication of the Federal Government's continuing assault on the region and also as more  immediate point of worry for the safety of  members of their ethnic groupings.

The selection that follows includes significant articles that drew attention from general Nigerian readers  and from defenders of President Olusegun Obasanjo's policies. They also had considerable impact in  bringing this crisis to the attention of the international community, particularly that of the Human Rights  community. The entries below are arranged according to dates of authorship. 


Professor Peter Ekeh  Writes to President Obasanjo to Protest Bayelsa's
Invasion As An Act of Bad Governance and a Breach of Federalism
November 23, 1999 
 THE IKWERRE YOUTH CONVENTION (IYC) 
CONDEMNS INVASION OF ODI
November 24, 1999
 MR. ANDREW EDEVBIE, DELTAN IN NORTH AMERICA, WRITES TO PRESIDENT OBASANJO, STRONGLY CONDEMNING INVASION OF ODI
November 27, 1999
 RIVERS STATE FOUNDATION, INC, USA, CONDEMNS OBASANJO'S MILITARIZATION OF THE NIGER DELTA CRISIS
November 30, 1999
 ORGANIZATION OF NIGER DELTA COMMUNITIES TELL PRESIDENT OBASANJO:  "STOP THE KILLING OF OUR PEOPLE"
December 4, 1999
 COALITION OF PETROLEUM PRODUCING STATES OF NGERIA (COPPSON) DENOUNCES OBASANJO'S INVASION OF ODI, NIGER DELTA 14 December, 1999


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