WASHINGTON, DC, PEACE SUMMIT
ON WARRI CRISIS: Invitation to Congress
These documents are compiled from
public e-mail exchanges arising from invitation from Dr. Philip Ikomi of
George Mason University and Dr. Mobalaji Aluko of Howard University to
representatives of the three ethnic groups affected by the Warri Crisis
in western Niger Delta of Nigeria to come to a Peace Congress. The ensuing
discussions involve Dr. Philip Ikomi (Itsekiri); Dr. Mobolaji Aluko (maternally
Itsekiri); Mr. Francis Porbeni (Ijaw: Ph.D. Graduate Student, North Carolina);
Dr. Peter Ekeh (Urhobo: State University of New York at Buffalo), Dr. Igho
Natufe (Urhobo: Ottawa, Canada), and Dr. Omats Omatete (Itsekiri: Oakbridge,
All of these discussions followed
the unfolding news of Itsekiri attack on Okere-Urhobo in the city of Warri.
Philip Ikomi's first call to Peace Congress came eleven days after the
initial attack on June 4, 1999, causing considerable anger in Urhobo communities
in Nigeria and abroad.