I’ll consider state pardon for Saro-Wiwa, other Ogoni leaders – Buhari
Several Nigerians believed Mr Saro-wiwa and others were framed up for the murder because of their very impactful non-violent campaign against oil-extraction and the continuous degradation of the Ogoni land by the government-backed multi-national oil companies.
3 min readPresident Muhammadu Buhari said he would consider granting state pardon for Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogoni leaders executed by the Sani Abacha-led military administration on November 10, 1995.Accused of being responsible for the murder of four Ogoni chiefs at a pro-government meeting, Mr Saro-Wiwa and the others were sentenced to death by hanging by a special military tribunal.
Several Nigerians believed Mr Saro-wiwa and the others were framed up for the murder because of their very impactful non-violent campaign against oil-extraction and the continuous degradation of the Ogoni land by the government-backed multi-national oil companies, especially the Royal Dutch Shell.
Mr Buhari on Friday spoke about Mr Saro-Wiwa’s execution, the need for “clemency and national integration as part of this administration’s bid to lay the foundation for genuine reconciliation and bring closure to the issues of Ogoni land”.The president stated this when he received some leaders and people of Ogoni at the Presidential villa, Abuja. headtopics.com
“The unfortunate incidents of the early 1990s leading to the loss of lives of distinguished sons of Ogoni land and the collateral judicial processes are indelible in our memories.“In spite of the grievous circumstances, the federal government will consider the request for the grant of pardon to finally close the Ogoni saga,” President Buhari said to the Ogoni leaders.
He asked the Ogoni leaders to educate the people in the communities on the need for them to protect oil pipelines and other oil installations.“When pipelines are broken, the damage is more to the immediate environment and the people.“The majority of farmers and fishermen struggle because the fishes now move to the deep sea,” the president said.
“To ensure the stimulation of economic activities in Ogoni Land as underpinned by the vast petroleum resources underlying Ogoni Land and neighbouring communities, NPDC, a subsidiary of the NNPC has been granted licence to operate OML11.“Accordingly, NNPC is hereby directed to engage all host communities, particularly Ogoni people to ensure inclusive processes of oil and gas exploration and production is anchored on optimum involvement of host communities.
“NPDC will lay a broad-based programme for the emergence of a new Ogoni Land for the benefit of the Ogoni people and Nigeria as a whole,” Mr Buhari added.The president said the federal government was committed to the cleanup of Ogoni land and other parts of the Niger Delta, an exercise which appears to be rather too slow since Mr Buhari’s administration flagged it off five years ago, in June 2016. headtopics.com
The President of the Supreme Council of Ogoni Traditional Rulers, Godwin Giniwa, thanked Mr Buhari for the various interventions of the federal government in Ogoni land, particularly on clean-up exercise.Mr Giniwa said the Ogoni people believe in the unity of Nigeria, and that the future of every ethnic nationality in the country could only be guaranteed in one nation.
‘Nigerian govt should apologise for Saro-Wiwa’s killing’A renowned environmental activist, Nnimmo Bassey, said the killing of Mr Saro-Wiwa and other Ogoni leaders could only be resolved after the federal government exonerates them (Saro-Wiwa and others) and apologises for their execution.
“His (Saro-Wiwa) death remains a matter that is yet to be resolved because the state necessarily has to exonerate him of the false charges and the kind of kangaroo judgment that was given by that tribunal,” Mr BasseytoldPREMIUM TIMES in November, 2018.
“Besides, the state has to apologise to the victims and to the Ogoni people for executing them when the appeal period had not even elapsed,” he added.Mr Bassey said November 10 has always been a day for sober reflection for him.“The day he was executed in 1995, I was at that time, the secretary-general of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA). headtopics.com
“We were having our annual conference at the University of Lagos, and we were debating whether to issue a statement pleading with Abacha to have mercy and cancel the death sentence or to issue a hard-line statement condemning the atrocities of his dictatorship. Why that debate was going on, we got the news that they had been executed.
“So, it is always a very sad day for me. Read more: Premium Times »
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Saro wiwa and co should be the ones forgiving the Nigerian government MBuhari honors the dead and suffer the leaving. Who did this to Nigeria. Someone that ought to be in jail is considering pardoning the innocent. Talk of anim*l wan dash them human right. It's well and long-deserved after 26 years coming from the only REFORMER of our time. Zik abandoned Mausoleum built. Biafra pensioners got reimbursed. Abiola got honored for self-sacrifice for democracy to flourish..... History can only but be kind to PMB.
Wey don die? State pardon for what? Oniranu
President Buhari Meets Ogoni Leaders, May Grant Pardon To Saro Wiwa, OthersPresident Muhammadu Buhari Friday in Abuja urged Ogoni Leaders to sensitize indigenes on value of protecting national assets like pipelines and other oil AfricaNational1 more topic to comment The one alive or dead? Will the pardon help his soul to gain access into heaven? You are not talking about cleaning oogoni land, you are talking about a man that fought for a course..... Please do the needful and don't bring memories.
Ogoni People Reject Buhari's Likely Pardon For Late Ken Saro-Wiwa, Demand Exoneration | Sahara ReportersThis was made known by Owens Wiwa, brother of the late activist on Friday. I don't really get it, is the man's dead body with govt? What's the reason of this pardon? Do they want to take our mind out of current happenings? Busy body presidency. Freedom is Certain Medicine after death Buhari govt run out of idea
26 years after, Buhari mulls post-humous pardon to Ken Saro-Wiwa, 8 others - Daily Trust“Despite the grievous circumstances, the Federal Government will consider the request for the grant of pardon to finally close the Ogoni saga'’ Medicine after death. This current move by the zoo government does not mean anything because it not going to solve nigeria problems. Again the only solution to nigeria problems is division via a referendum. Nice one 👌 Of what benefit is d pardon. They should please allow them to keep Resting In Peace.
Buhari may pardon to Saro-Wiwa 26 years after execution by NigeriaThe Nigerian Government may soon grant a posthumous pardon to Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogoni activists after their brutal execution by a former military regime 26 years ago for fighting for the rights of their people. KenSaroWiwa Ogoni Medicine after death. Divid system of fulanis Medicine after death ☠️. Nonsense I wonder what Saro wiwa that was brutally murdered will benefit from this nonsense.
Buhari May Pardon Late Niger Delta Activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Eight Others Killed By Former Dictator, Abacha | Sahara ReportersThe President gave the indication when some leaders and people of Ogoniland visited him at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Friday. Did they do any wrong b4? Why pardon? U will soon be pardoned too when your tenure ends All to spite Biafra Who cares............. So, that's amount to what? coming back to life again or what?
Buhari Meets Ogoni Leaders, Restates Commitment To Clean-upPresident Muhammadu Buhari Friday in Abuja urged Ogoni leaders to sensitise indigenes on value of protecting national assets like pipelines and other oil