Human Rights activist and writer, Ken Saro-Wiwa was killed twenty five years ago on November 10 during the military regime for protesting against oil spills in the Nigerian Delta.
Many Nigerians have taken to social media to eulogise Saro-Wiwa who was killed alongside eight others. Noo Saro-Wiwa, the activist’s daughter also took to her Facebook page to recount how her father bones had to be rearranged by family members before he was given a burial.
She also lamented about the fact that her father hasn’t been granted an officialpardon and it ‘speals volume about Nigeria’s so-called democracy’.
“25 years ago today, my father Ken Saro-Wiwa and his eight colleagues were murdered by Nigeria’s military regime after a sham trial. Their only ‘crime’ was to peacefully pursue human rights for the Ogoni people and to campaign against oil spills in the oil-rich Niger Delta. Their bodies were buried in an unmarked grave for almost a decade.
“When our family finally received my father’s remains we had to reassemble his skeleton with our own hands before giving him a dignified burial. To this day the Nigerian government has not granted him an official pardon. It speaks volumes about our so-called democracy.
“No government can call itself civilised or claim any moral authority while it refuses to exonerate these innocent men. Black lives will matter outside of Africa only when they matter in Africa itself. #pardonkensarowiwa #pardontheogoni9”
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