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NIGERIAN ENVIRONMENTAL AND CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS WRITE PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH
ON US OIL POLICIES IN NIGERIA'S NIGER DELTA
ACTION/ FRIENDS OF THE EARTH,
#214, USELU-LAGOS ROAD
July 11, 2003
Nigerian civil society groups have called for a review of United States government's foreign and oil policy.
The environmental and human rights groups in an open letter to the visiting United States President, Mr. George Bush, said
They lamented that for four decades Western oil companies operating in
"The corporations have been flaring death-dispensing gas into the atmosphere of local communities, mangling fishing waters and farmlands with oil from old and broken pipelines they have refused to maintain and repair, cutting down forests and abolishing fresh water sources", the groups observed. "We have seen them march alongside Nigerian soldiers they pay with blood money, into villages and hamlets killing, maiming and raping young men and women whose only crime is that they dared raise their voice to protest the wanton destruction of their lives and sources of livelihood".
The petitioners pointed out that the resolution of the Niger Delta crisis can neither be found in militarism nor legalism but in political dialogue with the local people who matter the most.
The environmental and human rights groups similarly called on the
Environmental Rights Action (Nnimmo Bassey),