We did it! Together, we generated over 135,000 signatures, received dozens of international press hits, and had scores of public and private meetings with Nigeria’s state and federal governments as well as the Nigerian Embassy in Washington, DC. And it worked.
In April 2017, the Nigerian government announced a new route for the superhighway! In response to the pressure we created, the government agreed to decrease the proposed “buffer” on either side of the superhighway from 6-miles to 300-feet and rerouted its path to protect the irreplaceable rainforest, saving the wildlife — like the highly endangered Cross River gorilla, forest elephants, and chimpanzees — and local communities who depend on it.
This is an incredible win for wildlife and the local communities living in the Cross River forest. Now we need to make sure they follow through.
Thank President Buhari, Minister Jibril, and Governor Ayade for standing up for wildlife and local communities in Nigeria’s Cross River State today — and make sure they keep their word.
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Dear President Buhari, Minister Jibril, and Governor Ayade,