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TO: Ambassador A.A. Agada Deputy Chief of Mission Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria TO: Minister of Women Affairs Saudatu Usman Bungudu We, the humble people of Nigeria are writing this letter to draw your attention to the unprovoked brutal assault on an innocent civilian (Ms. Uzoma Okere) by Rear Admiral Harry Arogundade and his Naval officers on November 3, 2008. Ms. Okere was severely beaten by six armed naval officers at the commission of Rear Admiral Arogundade for allegedly failing to move her vehicle from his pathway in a timely manner. In addition to the savage beating that was meted out, Ms. Okere was stripped naked in public and left nearly unconscious. As you may be aware, Ms. Okere is currently receiving medical treatment in Lagos. We must no longer sit by idly and allow these vicious and unprovoked attacks on our WOMEN and CITIZENS of NIGERIA continue. More disturbing than the unfortunate incident that occurred is the idea that these men will go unpunished for their actions. Please REMEMBER, we are not a barbaric and lawless country and we will not condone such blatant abuse of power. Our women and children deserve better than this. We should be able to walk our streets without fear of abuse by men in uniform. Therefore, we stand together, united as Nigerians to plead that you use all resources available to you to ensure that Uzoma Okere receives justice. We also request that Rear Admiral Harry Arogundade and the six unnamed assailants be RELIEVED of their duties effective immediately. That the naval officers as well as Rear Admiral Harry Arogundade be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, and finally offer a public apology to Ms. Uzoma Okere. (This public apology must be TELEVISED and printed on all approved MEDIA outlets for Nigerians at home and abroad to view. Thank you for taking the time to read this request. Long Live Nigeria!


MNIA, Inc.[The Miss Nigeria in America Organization] is a non-profit organization in the USA that was founded as a result of the need to promote education and to seek global advancement for the Nigerian Woman. Formed in March 2004, the initiative for the organization grew out of a team of Nigerian professionals concerned about the deteriorating state of education in Nigeria among women. It was also started as an initiative to develop programs for a better quality of life in Nigeria. It is an idea to celebrate Nigerian women and the opportunity to impact the lives of many. It is a thought process to teach and instill among all Nigerians, the value of unity among Nigerians. Miss Nigeria in America Organization identifies Nigerian women who exemplify beauty, talent, supremacy and intelligence. It aims to create new role models who through the beauty pageant will serve as ambassadors that will define a new Nigeria, enrich the beauty of the Nigerian Woman and enhance a new strength, energy and spirit for the advancement of women.
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