Nigerian Rebels Seek Help From Clooney

Militants offer invite after UN names him 'messenger of peace'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2008 7:21 PM CST
A Nigerian policeman stands guard at the scene of a pipeline explosion near Lagos, Nigeria, Wednesday Dec. 26, 2007. A ruptured gasoline pipeline exploded in flames Tuesday morning, killing at least...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Nigeria’s top rebel group urged George Clooney to come heal their war-torn land today, the AP reports. The militants, who often pressure officials by blowing up oil pipelines, promised to work with Clooney “and other credible peace makers" to cool off fighting in Nigeria. Clooney gave no immediate response to the invitation.

The rebels invited Clooney to come see the region for himself. “Your role as a Messenger of Peace makes it imperative to consider the Niger Delta as a time bomb waiting to explode,” the group told Clooney, who the UN named a “messenger of peace” yesterday, joining such figures as Michael Douglas and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.