Protect Gorillas! Stop This Dangerous Nigerian Superhighway

At any minute, bulldozers could plow through one of the last rainforests in Nigeria, destroying hundreds of thousands of acres of ancestral forest, displacing hundreds of indigenous communities, and demolishing some of the last-remaining habitat of the highly endangered Cross River gorilla, as well as other vulnerable species like chimpanzees, forest elephants, and pangolins.

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State in Nigeria, plans to build a superhighway through the middle of the state, destroying a national park, adjoining forest reserves, indigenous communities, and wildlife in its wake. The Ekuri people – who have managed the land for thousands of years – are standing up to protect their ancestral land and the wildlife that live there. Let's stand behind them and show our support.

Sign our petition to Nigerian President Buhari and ask the federal government to protect the rainforests of the Ekuri people and the wildlife that live there before it's too late.
Subject: Stop the Superhighway

Dear President Buhari, Minister Mohammed, and Governor Ayade,

I am writing to express my concern regarding the proposed 260km superhighway in Cross River State, Nigeria. The superhighway and its 20km buffer would be catastrophic for the Cross River rainforest, destroying hundreds of thousands of acres of ancestral forest, displacing hundreds of indigenous communities, and demolishing some of the last-remaining habitat of the highly endangered Cross River gorilla, as well as other threatened species such as the chimpanzee, pangolin, and forest elephant.

For thousands of years, the Ekuri people have worked cooperatively to maintain this beautiful rainforest. Please reinstate their right to be stewards of the land and animals in their ancestral forests. These intact forests are vitally important for eco-tourism, water resources, and habitat for a long list of endangered species.

I urge you to stop the superhighway in Cross River State to protect the wildlife and communities who depend on it. Instead, please improve the existing highway and spare these invaluable rainforests for the Ekuri people and the wildlife who depend on this precious habitat.

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