Campaign Delivers 100,000 Signatures to Nigerian Ambassador
December 14, 2016
Together, our campaign to stop or reroute a proposed superhighway in Nigeria's Cross River State has succeeded in delivering 100,081 petition signatures to the Nigerian Ambassador to the U.S.
If constructed, the Nigerian superhighway project would clear a 12-mile wide swath through some of the country's last remaining rainforest habitat, potentially displace 180 indigenous communities, and threaten one of the world's great centers of biodiversity (and invaluable habitat for the Cross River gorilla, the world's rarest great ape).
Our effort to stop or reroute the road supports a petition by the local Ekuri community, whose villages and forests are in the path of the proposed superhighway. Their initiative has already secured 253,000 signatures on a petition sent to President Buhari of Nigeria.
These new names were given to to Mr. Hakeem Balogun, Charge d'Affaires of Nigeria to the United States, yesterday at the Nigerian Embassy in Washington, D.C. by WCS Executive Vice President for Public Affairs John Calvelli.
It's not too late to join the effort. We are continuing to collect signatures.