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Thursday, October 1, 1998 FULL SHOW | HEADLINES | NEXT: Resistance in the Niger Delta
1998-10-01

Voices From Nigeria’s Resistance — Nigeria’s Democratic Transition

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Nigeria’s military junta ordered all senior government administrators and ministers to disclose their personal assets in a crackdown on corruption. Meanwhile, groups continue to organize against the so-called democratic transition program of Nigeria’s military ruler General Abdulsalam Abubakar. Some say that it is important to attempt to remove the military from power by using the transition program.

Guests:

  • Bola Ige, one of the Alliance for Democracy, an alliance for pro-democracy activists. Ige serves as deputy leader of Afenifere, pan Yoruba movement. Ige has been involved in politics since age 15. From 1979-1983, Ige served as Governor of Oyo and is currently a participant in the democratic transition.
  • Oronto Douglas, founder of the Chicoco movement, pan Delta resistance movement, and co-founder of Environmental Rights Action.

Related links:

  • Voices from the Nigerian Resistance Democracy NOW!'s documentary "Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria's Oil Dictatorship" documents for the first time Chevron’s role in the killing of two Nigerian activists. The San Francisco-based oil company helped facilitate an attack by the feared Nigerian Navy and notorious Mobile Police (Mopol). In an interview with Democracy Now!, a company spokesperson acknowledged that on May 28, 1998, the company transported Nigerian soldiers to their Parabe oil platform and barge in the Niger Delta, which dozens of community activists had occupied. The protesters were demanding that Chevron contribute more to the development of the impoverished oil region where they live.
  • Photo of Oronto Douglas
  • Chevron information on their business in Nigeria
  • Contact your representatives

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