Ken Saro Wiwa
Naijavoxpop commemorates the anniversary of the death of a iconic poet, writer, and environmentalist, Ken Saro Wiwa. Its been twenty two years since his demise.
Ken Saro Wiwa was born 10th October 1941 in Bori, Nigeria. He spoke forcefully against the environmental pollution of his homeland Ogoni by the exploration activities of Royal Dutch Shell. He was hanged on November 10 by the late. Military junta, Sani Abacha having being accused of masterminding the killing of some Ogoni chiefs.
Most importantly, the spirit and dream of Ken Saro Wiwa continues to live on.
The Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) an organization Ken was once President have vowed to make their agitation for the restoration of pollution free Ogoni strategic and result oriented. The incumbent President of MOSOP Mr. Pigbara has warned that if the Federal Government of Nigeria fails to back their action with words with regards to the clean-up of Ogoniland polluted by oil from the exploration activities of Shell they would be forced to increase their advocacy to let the world know of the insincerity of the Nigerian government
However, in the recent presentation of the 2018 budget by President Buhari to the House, he made mention of the need for legislators to give accelerated passage to the budget in order to fund the provisions meant for the Ogoni clean up exercise.
It is believed that very soon the dream of Ken Saro Wiwa will be realized as stated in his last speech
KEN SARO-WIWA’S LAST DECLARATIONS IN 1995 BEFORE THE SPECIAL MILITARY TRIBUNAL SET UP TO SECURE HIS CONVICTION AND DEATH!
….You can kill the Messenger, but you cannot kill the message.
…..the scene here will be played by generations and generation yet unborn.
My lord, since my arrest on the 21st of May, 1994 I have been subjected to physical and mental torture, held incommunicado and denied food for weeks and medical attention for months.
My seventy-four year old mother has been whipped and arrested, my wife beaten and threatened with detention, the three telephone lines to my office and residence cut and the they remain cut to this day, my office and home have been ransacked on three different occasions and personal and family property, official files and documents taken away without documentation.
I have been calumniated in the press and on satellite television before the whole world by a Rivers State government anxious to prejudice the mind of the public and to convince that public of my guilt even before trial. Only recently, before the United Nations Committee for the Eradication of Racism and Discrimination in Geneva, an official delegation of the Federal Government which included the Special Adviser on Legal Affairs to the Head of State, Professor Yazudu, declared me responsible for the murders which are the subject of this Tribunal, even before Tribunal has found against me or anyone else.
The fact that a case of homicide is being charged before a Tribunal set up under Decree No. 2 of 1987 speaks for itself. I am aware of the many strictures laid against the decree and this Tribunal by local and international observers. Continue reading