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Buhari May Pardon Ogoni Activists That Were Executed During Abacha's Regime

From all indications, President Buhari May finally pardoned author and playwright Ken Saro-Wiwa and the rest of the Ogoni 9 who were executed in 1995 during Abacha's military regime.

According to a report on Punch, President Buhari made this gesture yesterday when some Ogoni leaders visited him at the State House in Abuja, in regards to the matter. 

Ogoni leaders' visit to Buhari: credit - punch

In the course of the meeting with the Ogoni leaders, Buhari felt compassionate about the past incidence and suggested that the executed Ogoni 9 activists could receive a post-humous state pardon.

Seeing that the president is always committed to peace, unity, and national integration, there is a clear impression that he may finally pardon the Ogoni 9 activists. Just as he pointed out, the pardon would help a lot in healing the hearts of the Ogoni people, resolving any form of grievances, and as well bringing them together to the federal government.

Recall that about 9 sons of Ogoni land in Rivers State were executed on trumped-up charges in 1995, by Abacha's regime, for protesting against the operating practices of the Royal Dutch Shell oil company in the area. 

The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) was founded in 1990, by Ken Saro-Wiwa, who later got 8 other leaders for the group. The 9 leaders of the MASOP group were: Ken Saro-Wiwa, Saturday Doble, Nordu Eawo, Daniel Gbooko, Paul Levera, Felix Nuate, Baribor Bera, Barinem Kiobel, and John Kpuine.

Ken Saro-Wiwa: image credit - punch

Ogoni 9: credit - Wikipedia

The group was formed as a result of complaints of what they called environmental pollution and exploitation of natural resources in their native Ogoni land. 

In 1957, Dutch oil giant Shell struck oil in the Niger Delta engaged in oil production for more than 30 years. This made MOSOP argue that Shell's operations had devastated the region's environment while bringing no benefit to the indigenous people. 

This later made MOSOP organize a peaceful protest On January 4, 1993, which was attended by nearly 300,000 Ogoni people in Rivers State, Nigeria.

MASOP protest: image credit - Wikipedia

As a result of the protest, the territory was occupied by the Nigerian military for more than two years, under the military leadership of General Sani Abacha.

Abacha: image credit - punch

Saro-Wiwa, and his eight colleagues, was later arrested by Abacha's Government. They were accused of playing a role in the murder of four pro-government Ogoni chiefs.

Saro-Wiwa was detained for nearly a year and later tried under a special military tribunal. On November 10, 1995, Ken Saro-Wiwa was hanged alongside his comrades; and they became known as the Ogoni Nine.

The execution of the Ogoni 9 triggered both national and international reactions, which later led to the suspension of Nigeria from the Commonwealth of Nations for three years.

Since the execution, many have demanded that the Government of Nigeria should grant the Ogoni 9 a posthumous state pardon.

This was why some Ogoni leaders visited Buhari yesterday, seeking the posthumous state pardon for the executed Ogoni 9. And from all indications, Buhari may finally grant the pardon, because the President has always demonstrated diplomacy in leadership and his commitment to National unity. 

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