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Buhari Considers Granting Posthumous State Pardon To Ogoni Activist Ken Saro Wiwa, Others

President Buhari is considering to grant a state pardon to Ken Saro Wiwa and other environmental activists that were executed by General Sani Abacha's regime on November 10, 1995 during the Ogoni land crisis, one that sparked a massive international outcry that lingers to this day. 

Buhari gave the hint when he received some people of Ogoniland at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja on Friday, October 22.

In other to bring a final closure to the Ogoniland saga, President Buhari said in the statement that the Federal Government will consider the request for pardon of the late activists. 

“Furthermore, we are committed to ensuring 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 Ogoniland, President Buhari said.

Adding that “The unfortunate incidents of the early 1990s leading to the loss of lives of distinguished sons of Ogoniland and the collateral judicial processes are indelible in our memories." 

Buhari urged the Ogoni leaders to sensitize the natives of the land on the value of protecting national infrastructures and assets such as oil installations, and pipelines as vandalization of these assets could wreck environmental havoc in more ways than one.

The President also added that the Federal Government is willing to clean up the Ogoniland so that it can be habitable again for indigenes and in order for economic activities to come alive again in the community.

In a statement issued by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), Buhari was quoted to have said:

“Your Royal Highnesses, distinguished representatives of the people of Ogoniland, I note the need I note the need to ensure completion of segment of the East-West road traversing Ogoniland, and steps will be taken to ensure delivery under the Infrastructure Development Fund as earlier conceived. We intend to complete this vital artery of Nigeria"

What you should you know

Author and playwright Ken Saro-Wiwa, Saturday Dobee, Nordu Eawo, Daniel Gbooko, Paul Levera, Felix Nuate, Baribor Bera, Barinem Kiobel, and John Kpuine were the Ogoni 9 who opposed the operating practices of the Royal Dutch Shell oil corporation in the 1990s and were executed in 1995 by the military regime of General Sani Abacha.

About 26 years after, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is considering a posthumous state pardon for the late environmental activists.

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