Buhari Moves to Pardon Ken Saro-Wiwa, Ogoni 8, Killed By Abacha

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President Muhammadu Buhari has hinted that the late environmental campaigner Ken Saro-Wiwa and others who were executed during the Ogoni crisis in the 1990s may be granted state pardons.

The President made the suggestion when certain leaders and residents of Ogoniland paid him a visit at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Friday.

The activists, known as the Ogoni 9, were from the Ogoni region and had protested the Royal Dutch Shell oil company’s business practices.

Ken Saro-Wiwa, a dramatist, Saturday Dobee, Nordu Eawo, Daniel Gbooko, Paul Levera, Felix Nuate, Baribor Bera, Barinem Kiobel, and John Kpuine were among those honored.

They were executed in 1995 by the military dictator, General Sani Abacha.
 
President Buhari noted that despite the gravity of the circumstances, the Nigerian Government will consider the request to grant them a pardon and bring closure to the case.

President Buhari asked Ogoni leaders to educate their people about the necessity of safeguarding national assets including as pipelines and other oil installations.
Deliberate damages, he claims, frequently wreak more devastation on the ecosystem and stymie progress.
He also stated that his government is dedicated to cleaning up Ogoniland so that locals can return to their farms and resume economic activity.

“Your Royal Highnesses, distinguished representatives of the people of Ogoniland, I recognize the need to ensure the completion of a part of the East-West road link, 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.” the president said in a statement issued by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.
 
According to him, the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Ltd (NPDC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), had been granted a license to operate OML11, which will stimulate economic activities and integration in the zone.

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