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.