NIGERIA Democracy Action Update

(Issue 1)
by The Africa Fund
with Mike Fleshman
New York, New York, United States
April 1996
4 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: Nigeria
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The newsletter includes photographs of four people testifying in favor of a New York City Council resolution on Nigeria: Hafsat Abiola, daughter of imprisoned president-elect MKO Abiola; Africa Fund Executive Director Jennifer Davis; former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins; and Dr. Owens Wiwa, brother of executed Nigerian activist Ken Saro-Wiwa. The newsletter reports that in March the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) rejected an invitation to travel to Nigeria when they learned the visit was sponsored by the Abacha dictatorship. A paid lobbyist for the regime, Black conservative Maurice Dawkins (a former lobbyist for Jonas Savimbi of UNITA in Angola), tried to persuade the legislators to travel to Nigeria to observe local government elections that were denounced as fraudulent and irrelevant by the Nigerian democratic movement. The newsletter reports that U.S. environmental activists have launched a national campaign to force Shell Oil Company out of Nigeria. It discusses Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP). It also reports that the AFL-CIO has given the George Meany Human Rights Award to imprisoned Nigerian oil workers' union leader Frank Kokori. The newsletter discusses Mobil and Chevron, the second and third largest producers of Nigerian oil. Contents: Municipal Campaign Takes Off As New York City Council Condemns Nigerian Dictatorship, Supports Sanctions • State Legislators "Just Say No" To Abacha Lobbyists, Bogus Elections • Students To Harvard: Now! • Activists Launch Shell Boycott • Socially Responsible Investors Take Up Nigeria • AFL-CIO Rights Award To Nigerian Strike Leader • Oil Companies Arm, Pay Nigerian Security Forces • ACTION ALERT! Trial of 19 Rights Activists Could Bring New Executions in Nigeria • HANGED BY THE ABACHA REGIME FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO FREEDOM, November 10, 1995 • New York City Council Resolution 1082 For Freedom In Nigeria
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to The Africa Fund).
Collection: Private collection of Richard Knight