Hope for Niger-Delta Campaign
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ROAD TO NIGER DELTA PEACE CONFERENCE TAGGED “HAGUE 2009”
REPORTS ON JOURNEY AND PROGRESS SO FAR MADE…..
COMRADE SUNNY OFEHE
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HNDC DELEGATION’s VISIT TO THE NIGERIA VICE PRESIDENT DR. GOODLUCK JONATHAN
VENUE: PRESIDENTIAL VILLA (ASO ROCK), ABUJA, NIGERIA
DATE: 18TH May, 2009
NAMES OF DELEGATION: Comrade Sunny Ofehe (Leader of Delegation), Miss Ifie Lott, Johan
Sinnaeve, Erik De Smedt and Dirk Lepez.
PURPOSE OF VISIT: DISCUSS AID, DEVELOPMENT and SECURITY IN THE NIGER DELTA.
The Hope for Niger Delta Campaign (HNDC) main objective of contributing to a peaceful Niger Delta by ensuring that an enduring solution is
realized in the current crisis that has engulfed the Niger delta region took a positive step when His Excellency the Vice President of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria Dr. Goodluck Jonathan invited HNDC to a meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria.
The HNDC delegation was led by the Founder/President of the organization Comrade Sunny Ofehe. The meeting was well attended by all the
strategic aides of His Excellency. The meeting was opened by the Chief of Staff to the Vice President and former Edo State Deputy Governor Chief
Mike Ogiadome. He outlined before Vice President the purpose of the delegation’s visit from Europe.
The Nigeria Vice President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan Speaking to HNDC delegation at the meeting in Abuja, Nigeria.
The HNDC delegation was introduced to His Excellency by Miss Ifie Lott. Comrade Sunny Ofehe delivered the message of HNDC in a well
orchestrated speech. In his speech he spoke on the need for the Federal Government of Nigeria to support HNDC in securing peace in the Niger
Delta by bringing an end to the military hostilities in the region that has caught the civilian population in between the government security forces
and the militant group.
Comrade Sunny Ofehe exchanging jokes with the Nigeria Vice President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan at the State House in Abuja, Nigeria.
He further stated that any continued military incursions into civilian stronghold in the name of wiping out militants will escalate ethnic violence
that can destabilize the socio - economic balance of the country. He appealed to the Federal Government to halt the activities of the Joint
Military Task Force “Operation Restore Hope” to avoid further killing of innocent civilians.
Ofehe also stated the need for Aid and Development to Niger Delta but quickly reiterated the need for Security as a paradigm to achieving
development in the region. He said HNDC will continue to appeal to Donor organizations in The Netherlands and around the world to help bring
in Aid that will help alleviate the suffering of the people. He said the Federal Government must put the Security of the Niger Delta in its front
burner and must fire on all cylinders to see that this is achieved.
He also used the opportunity to express HNDC’s willingness and determination to organize an international peace conference in The Hague,
Netherlands on Security and Peace in the Niger Delta in yet to be announced date and called on the office of the Vice President to represent the
In his remark the Vice President thanked the delegation for honoring his invitation and for taking the issues of Niger Delta very seriously. He
passionately spoke of how he grew up in Oloibiri where Oil
Miss Ifie Lott in warm shake with Mr. Vice President.
was first discovered, how he worked with the defunct Oil Mineral Producing Area Development Commission (OMPADEC) and how he became the
Deputy Governor of the Oil rich Bayelsa State and eventual became the Governor of the same State. Now as the Vice President of the Country he
understands the pain and grievance of the people of the Niger Delta.
He said the government of President Umar Yar’Adua is very committed to resolving the protracted neglect of the region. He opined that Niger
Delta is one of the administration’s 7 point agenda and the setting up of a Niger Delta Ministry speaks of the government’s commitment to a
positive Niger Delta. He concluded by saying that HNDC will always have the support of the Federal Government. On the International Peace
Conference in The Hague and soliciting Aid and Development to the Niger Delta, he requested for a detail report that should be sent to him for
evaluation and recommendation.
In his closing remark, Comrade Sunny Ofehe thanked the Vice President on behalf of the delegation for the good hospitality and promised to
comply with the Vice President’s demand. He also thanked the Vice President for agreeing to take a critical look at the request of the delegation.
Comrade Sunny Ofehe shakes hand with the Nigeria Vice President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan at the State House in Abuja.
Erik De Smedt, Dirk Lepez, Johan Sinnaeve, Comrade Sunny Ofehe & Miss Ifie Lott waiting for the V.P.