Target: Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria
Goal: Stop six-lane highway from being built through one of Nigeria’s remote rainforests, destroying the habitat of endangered species.
The Nigerian government is planning to build a six-lane superhighway through one of the country’s most remote rainforests. The construction of this highway will lead to the destruction of the habitat of some of the world’s most endangered species.
The highway would be 162 miles long and would require six miles of cleared land on both sides. It would stretch from northern Nigeria to a seaport in the south, on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Many believe this type of infrastructure is needed in Nigeria, including President Muhammadu Buhari, who praised the project as a way to enhance the Nigerian economy.
Many conservationists say that this project would displace at least 180 indigenous communities in addition to cutting through the national parks and forest reserves that are home to many of the country’s most at-risk species. This includes the endangered Cross River gorilla, chimpanzees, forest elephants and pangolins. There is also concern that the construction of this highway could lead to increased wildlife poaching and trafficking as it would give easier access to land that was previously unreachable.
Small changes have already been made to the original plan for the highway. It has been rerouted to avoid one critical habitat for gorillas, but it’s important to protect all the other animals and habitats still in danger. Sign this petition to encourage further rerouting or to stop the project from happening if isn’t fully rerouted.
Dear President Muhammadu Buhari,
Your decision to reroute a superhighway around one critical gorilla habitat shows that you are aware of how detrimental this construction can and will be on the other habitats it is still routed to go through. More needs to be done.
The construction of this large highway through wildlife-filled rainforests and national parks will have nothing short of a devastating impact on many different species. In addition, it is likely this would open up forest areas that were previously unattainable and lead to an increase in wildlife poaching.
We urge you to put local communities and wildlife first and move this project away from Nigeria’s forests.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: JJ Harrison