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FNM Call to Action (11/22/97) Kudirat Abiola Corner NYC

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  FNM Call to Action (11/21/97) Kudirat Abiola Corner NYC
  Contact: Nasiru Ikharo  at  +1(317)216-4590 or PR@FreeNigeria.org
  Friday, November 21st, 1997
  Dear Nigerians and Friends of Nigeria,
          On June 4th, 1996, (Mrs.) Kudirat Abiola, Nigeria’s First-Lady,
  and wife of the duly-elected President  of Nigeria, Moshood Abiola, was
  assassinated in broad daylight and cold blood in Lagos, Nigeria, while
  engaged in activism to make the illegal Nigerian military regime led by
  General Sanni Abacha restore the electoral mandates it usurped from her
  husband and the other duly-elected Representatives of the Nigerian
          Even though as of this point in time, her murderers have not
  been apprehended, the fact that the illegal and morally repugnant 
  Abacha led regime created a political climate where such fatal harm
  could be brought on her makes Sanni Abacha and all those who support his
  illegal dictatorship directly liable for her murder.
          A proposal to name the corner by the Nigerian Consulate (828
  Second Avenue, near 44th Street) in New York in honor of the murdered
  Nigerian First-Lady was introduced before the New York City Council by
  Mr. Jumoke Ogunkeyede of the “United Committee to Save Nigeria” (UCSN)
  working with Mr. Mike  Fleshman of the nonprofit organization “Africa
  Fund” on May 5th, 1997.  The symbolic importance of this proposal is
  that it would name the corner by which the “diplomatic” representatives
  of the illegal Abacha regime have their offices in honor of the very
  woman whose husband is the head of the legitimate government of the
  Federal Republic of Nigeria.
          Since May, the proposal has gone through six hearings, before
  both the Community Board and the City Council, culminating with the vote
  before the full Council on October 29th, 1997, where out of the 44 (out
  of the eligible 55 members) present and voting members, 43 voted in
  favor of naming the corner in honor of Kudirat Abiola.
          Now all that is left is for  Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to sign the
  ordinance into law. Unfortunately, close to 25 days after it passed the
  Council, he is yet to do this. Even though New York City Council Law
  automatically makes an unsigned and unvetoed ordinance into law 30 days
  after its official  passing by the Council, having the Mayor officially
  sign it into law guarantees that he would not veto it before the 30 day 
  consideration  period (Friday, November 28th, 1997) expires.      
          It is important that we all get in touch with the Mayor to
  respectfully urge him to sign the ordinance into law. The ordinance in
  question is officially listed as “Intro 1028- Co-Naming a street for
  Kudirat Abiola”, so when you get in touch, please ask the Mayor to “Show
  his support for Nigerian Democracy and condemn the human rights abuses
  by the illegal Abacha regime” by signing “Intro 1028” into law.
          The Mayor can be reached through email, phone, fax and the
  postal service. His email address is: giuliani@www.ci.nyc.ny.us
  His phone lines are: (212)788-9600 (Action Center), (212)788-3000
  (Direct office-line)
  His fax number is : (212)788-2920
  His postal address is:  Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani
                                  City Hall
                                  New York, NY 10007
  You can also get in touch with the FNM through any of the addresses at
  the top of this message if you want us to help you forward your  message
  to the mayor.
          Please let us act to honor the memory of Nigeria’s murdered
  first-lady. If you have any questions or suggestions please don’t
  hesitate to get in touch with us.
                                               Free Nigeria Movement