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Free Nigeria's Union Leaders
Maker: Allied Printing; United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America; American Center for International Labor Solidarity
Date Made: circa 1998
Place Made: United States
Measurements: 76 cm x 51 cm; 29 15/16 in x 20 1/16 in
Main Subject: Political Prisoners; Labor; Nigeria (Africa)
Materials: glossy paper (fiber product); wrapped, corners
Free Nigeria's Union Leaders Kokori Jailed Without Charges Since 1994 Dabibi Jailed Without Charges Since 1996 "Our struggle for economic emancipation cannot be separated from the political struggle for democracy and accountability in governments." Milton Dabibi UAW [within symbol] Produced by Labor Now! - a project of the United Automobile, Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers of America, Stephen P. Yokich, President, and the American Center for International Labor Solidarity American Federation of Labor Congress of Industrial Organization [written within circular symbol] [union bug]
Acquisition Number: 2000-063
Frank Kokori, General Secretary of the Nigerian oil and gas workers' union NUPENG, had been detained without trial by the regime of General Sani Abacha since 1994. In that year, a strike by Nigerian oil workers and others was put down by the military regime and a wave of repression against the oil unions and their leaders was unleashed. Upon his release in June 1998, he immediately called for an overhaul of Nigerian politics - and of the Nigerian unions. Milton Dabibi, General Secretary of Nigerian oil and gas workers' union PENGASSAN had been held without trial since January 1996. Dabibi's conditions of detention were particularly harsh, and he needed medical care upon his release in June 1998. Both unions are affiliated to the 20-million-strong International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions, which led a sustained worldwide campaign for Dabibi's and Kokori's release. When Abacha died in June 1998, and his regime fell, the ICEM, its affiliates and other union internationals immediately asked his successor as Head of State, Major-General Abdulsalam Abubakar, to order Dabibi's and Kokori's release. They were among the first detainees to be freed of about a hundred political prisoners held in Nigerian jails under Abacha.
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