The daughter of renowned Nigerian environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa has called for father’s posthumously pardoned, on the 25th anniversary of his execution.
Nigeria’s then-military regime sparked global outrage after it convicted Mr Saro-Wiwa and eight other people of murder and hanged them. Their widows are suing oil giant Shell, alleging it was complicit.
Noo Saro-Wiwa has revealed this on her twitter handle as she tweeted:
“The Nigeria’s government cannot call itself civilised or claim moral responsibility while it refuses to exonerate” her father and his colleagues, who became known as the Ogoni Nine.
“Black lives will matter outside Africa only when they matter in Africa itself”, she added.
The Nigerian government cannot call itself civilised or claim moral authority while it refuses to exonerate #kensarowiwa and his 8 colleagues. Black lives will matter outside Africa only when they matter in Africa itself. #pardonkensarowiwa #pardontheogoni9 #Buhari pic.twitter.com/N7h88UxHM5
— Noo Saro-Wiwa (@noosarowiwa) November 10, 2020
In 2015 the Nigerian Human Rights Commission said Ken Saro-Wiwa’s trial was “deeply flawed”, and he should be pardoned. But this has not happened.
Saro-Wiwa led mass protests against oil pollution in Nigeria’s Ogoniland.
The protests were seen as a major threat to then-military ruler Gen Sani Abacha and oil company Shell.