NIGERIA Democracy Update
by Mike Fleshman, The Africa Fund
with Wole Soyinka, Jennifer Davis
New York, New York, United States
The Africa Fund
The newsletter reports that since the annulment of free elections in 1993 and the seizure of power by a military dictator, Nigeria's 100 million people have been stripped of their human and civil rights. Thousands of pro-democracy, trade union, women's, student and religious leaders have been jailed, many without charge or trial. In the rich oil fields, the brutal assault on the indigenous Ogoni people has continued unabated since the execution of Ogoni environmentalist Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight others in November 1995. While Shell, Mobil, Chevron and their business partners in the Nigerian military dictatorship earn billions of dollars selling oil to the U.S., malnutrition among Nigerian people tops 40 percent. Kudirat Abiola, the wife of imprisoned Nigerian President-elect Moshood Abiola, was murdered execution-style on a Lagos street on June 4, 1996. The newsletter includes a newspaper article about the U.s. Ambassador to Nigeria, Walter Carrington. Contents: From The Desk of Human Rights Coordinator Mike Fleshman... • U.S. Envoy to Nigeria Is Given a Stormy Farewell by Howard W. French • "THE TRANSITION PROGRAMME IS ON COURSE" Testimony Before the New York City Council in Favor of Kudirat Abiola Corner by Professor Wole Soyinka, September 17, 1997 • Testimony Before The New York City Council in Favor of Kudirat Abiola Corner by Jennifer Davis, Executive Director, September 17, 1997
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to The Africa Fund).
Collection: George M. Houser (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections