The broad theme of the colloquium was "Cult and Violence: Way Out". Four papers were delivered while there were three discussants under the Chairmanship of Prof. Wole Soyinka. The papers were presented by;
Gentlemen of the Press.
You are all aware of the dastardly act of members of some criminal gangs who invaded Obafemi Awolowo University in the night of July 10 and slaughtered eight innocent, defenceless students in cold blood and wounded several others in their sleep. We are deeply shocked by this cowardly and callous act and condemn it in all its ramification.
We are compelled to write you this letter which we are directing especially at those of you who have decided to treat the laws of the nation with cold contempt and have taken delight in the worst form of banditry in the name of fraternity. It will not get you anything but lifetime regret and shame if you are lucky enough to escape life behind bars or premature departure to six feet below.
The National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) held its Annual Convention in Calabar, Cross River State from 19th to 23rd November 1998. All zones were represented at the convention colloquium attended by 450 delegates world-wide.
The National Association of Seadogs is alarmed at the spate of lawlessness in our institutions of higher learning. These acts of lawlessness have been blamed on misguided students who for want of better ways of employing their apparently excessive energy, have gone on a maiming, burning and killing spree.
The recent wave of hasty sales of government shares and interests in various business entities in Nigeria by the out-gone Olusegun Obasanjo administration is raising a lot of furor not only within the country but also amongst economy watchers worldwide. More worrisome is the fact that these shady transactions do not appear to have followed due process as the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), the organ set up by law to privatize public enterprises, seem not to have been appropriately positioned to carry out these transactions in the national interest.
NAS International wishes to commend the proclamation of the Nigerian Supreme Court in its decision of June 14, 2007 on His Excellency Governor Peter Obi’s application for an interpretation of his tenure as the Executive Governor of Anambra State as a landmark and epochal one.