Thursday, November 10, 2011

Saro-Wiwa’s execution: Sacrifice made by Niger Delta

9 November 2011

Port Harcourt  -  Mr. Ledum  Mitee, President, Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), says Ogonis and the people of Niger Delta will mark Thursday, Nov. 10 as remembrance day for Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight of his kinsmen hanged by government in 1995.

He told in Port Harcourt on Wednesday that the execution of MOSOP’s pioneer leader, Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogonis, 16 years ago was a sacrifice made for the betterment of the Niger Delta region.

The military government headed by deceased Gen. Sani Abacha, hanged Saro-Wiwa, playwright, rights and environmental crusader, alongside eight of his kinsmen on Nov. 10, 1995 for their activities in the Niger Delta area.

Mitee told NAN that Saro-Wiwa and other Ogonis sacrificed their lives to ensure that the Niger Delta region got justice.

He said Ogonis and indeed the people of the Niger Delta observed Nov. 10 every year as special day in memory of the struggle started by Saro-Wiwa and other Ogonis for justice and equity in the region.

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