Religious, Civil Rights Leaders Press White House On Nigerian Sanctions, Rap Corporate Ties To Dictatorship

by American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
February 6, 1997
2 pages
Type: Press Release
Coverage in Africa: Nigeria
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The press release reports a delegation of American religious and civil and human rights leaders, headed by former Martin Luther King chief of staff Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker, National Council of Churches General Secretary Rev. Joan Campbell and American Committee on Africa Executive Director Jennifer Davis met at The White House today with National Security Council Adviser Samuel Berger to discuss United States policy toward the Nigerian military dictatorship. The press release reports delegation also met with senior officials of the Mobil Oil Company, a major U.S. investor in that oil-rich African nation. The press release says Rev. Tyrone Pitts, General Secretary of the 2-million-member Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. and Bishop Felton May of the United Methodist Church completed the delegation. The press release reports the group presented Mr. Berger with the Declaration of Conscience On Nigeria, calling for the immediate restoration of human rights and democracy, signed by 70 religious leaders from across the country; and that the Rev. Campbell, representing 51 million American Christians affiliated to the NCC , presented Mr. Berger with a copy of a special World Council of Churches report on oppression in the Nigerian oil fields. The press release mentions South African pastor Mangedwa Nyathi. The press release says contact Rev. Paul Harris, Michael Fleshman.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: George M. Houser (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections