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Press Release: "OCCUPY NIGERIA" RALLY IN NEW YORK: by NDLF

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Nigeria Democratic Liberty Forum (NDLF)

Press Release: "OCCUPY NIGERIA" RALLY IN NEW YORK

New York, New York.

Nigerians under the auspices of the Nigerian Democratic Liberty Forum (NDLF) would be rallying in solidarity with the suffering masses of Nigeria over the government's cruel increase in prices of petroleum products.

This ill advised, inhuman and sadistic 117% increase in price of fuel exposes the determination of the government to annihilate the poor Nigerian masses who are groaning under very deplorable conditions of living. A government that is incapable of rescuing its people from the abyss of economic ruins should not exacerbate the hapless situation of the suffering masses.

To this end, Nigerians in the US would express solidarity with the Nigerian people:

Date: Tuesday January 10th 2012

Venue: The Nigerian Consulate, New York

Address:

828 2nd Avenue New York, NY 10017-4300

Corner of 44th street and 2nd Avenue

Time: 12noon

Speakers would include: Okey Ndibe, Laolu Akande, Kayode Oladele, Sowore Omoyele, Adegboyega Dada, Rudolf Okonkwo, Bunmi Aborishade, Willie Nwiido and others.

We demand;

1. That the Nigerian government revert to the old prices.

2. That the government institute a panel of inquiry that includes representatives of Labour, Civil society, professional bodies etc to investigate the practices of petroleum products importation, distribution and payments over the past 13 years.

3. That the report of this inquiry should form a basis for the prosecution of those individuals, companies and their collaborators who have defrauded the country through sharp practices associated with importation of petroleum products.

4. That the government ensures the four Nigerian refineries operate at installed capacities within the next 12months.

5. That the government unveil a Petrol Production and Distribution (PPD) policy that is aimed at 100% local production of petroleum products within the next 12-36months.

6. That the government audit and make public the Nigerian daily crude oil production, royalties paid by foreign oil companies, accurate local consumption inventory rather than the conflicting numbers released by various government agencies.

7. That corruption in the oil sector and other areas should be confronted and perpetrators brought to book. The poor masses should not be made to pay for the incompetence and corruption of government officials.

8. That the government should not underestimate the people's ability and resolve to protest the continuous rape of the country by friends and cronies of government.

Join us as we express solidarity with our people at home.

Signed

Bukola Oreofe

Executive Director

NDLF

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Kayode Oladele

 

Kayode Oladele is a Nigerian-born; U.S based international lawyer, human rights and democracy activist, public policy attorney and development journalist. He is one of the attorneys in the United States handling major international human rights violation cases. He is best known for representing the plaintiffs in the international human rights violation case brought by a group of Nigerians including the mover of the Nigerian self –independence motion in 1956, Chief Anthony Enahoro and Hafsat Abiola-Costello, daughter of the presumed winner of the 1993 presidential election in Nigeria, Chief M.K.O Abiola against a former military ruler in Nigeria, Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar. The case, which was initially filed at the U.S District Court, Eastern District of Michigan in February 2001 and later transferred to the U.S District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago, has made significant contributions to the field of international human rights law most notably in relation to the connection between the Alien Tort Statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1350, (a.k.a Alien Tort Claims Act) and the Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA) of 1991. Oladele represented the family of Osamuyia Aikpitanhi (b. c.1984, a Nigerian national who was forcefully put on an Iberia aircraft, left with a restraining gag over his mouth and died on an Iberia flight while being deported from Spain to Nigeria on the 9th of June, 2007) in a torture and wrongful death complaint against the Iberia Airlines at the U.S District Court for the Eastern district of Michigan. He also represented the Aikpitanhi family in an international human rights violation suit against Spain before the European Court of Human Rights inStrasbourg, France. He is also a  co-counsel with the former President of West African Bar Association (WABA) Mr. Femi Falana in a similar suit against the Iberia Airlines currently pending before the Federal High Court, Lagos, Nigeria while he is currently the lead counsel representing the Ogale community in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State in a major environmental pollution case against the oil giant, Royal Dutch Shell before a US federal Court.

 

As a development journalist, Oladele focuses on the endemic problems of the society, the needs of the people and emphasizes effective participation of people in development planning alongside with the government. Guided by the relationship between Journalism and Development Initiative and journalistic principles of ensuring nation-building, national unity and social cohesion, Oladele propounds action-oriented approach to help overcome challenges like poverty, illiteracy, democracy, rule of law and socio-economic problems in developing countries

 

Oladele is one of the pioneers of contemporary prodemocracy, human rights and civil society movement in Nigeria. As the Executive Director of the Movement for Social and Economic Justice (MOSEJ) and member of the Committee for the Defense of Human Rights (CDHR), the Campaign for Democracy (CD), the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), United Democratic Front of Nigeria (UDFN), the Nigerian Prodemocracy Network (NPDN), the Nigerian Advocacy Group for Democracy and Human Rights (NAG-DHR) where he teamed up with its president, Maureen Idehen to operate an anti-military short wave radio, "Save Nigeria Broadcasting Service", in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, between 1997 and 1999, he played a pivotal role (both nationally and internationally) in the Nigerian democratic movement and agitation for civil rule that eventually led to the collapse of military dictatorship in Nigeria in 1999.

 

He holds a Bachelor of laws [LLB (Hons)] degree from the University of Lagos,Nigeria, Master of Laws [LLM] degree from the Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan and Barrister -at-law [BL] from the Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos. He also attended the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, Nigeria. He is an attorney and counselor -at-law of the Supreme Courts of the United States of America and Nigeria respectively. Oladele, who is the vice-chairman of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Oil and Gas Law (IOGL) Abuja, Nigeria is admitted to practice before the US Courts of Appeals for the Armed Forces, Third, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh and Federal Circuits respectively and the US Court of International Trade, U.S District Courts for the Eastern District of Michigan, Northern District of Illinois and District of (Washington) D.C etc. He is a member of several professional Associations including the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, (CIArb) UK, Association for International Arbitration (AIA), the International Nuclear Law Association (INLA), the State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).