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Buhari Hints At Granting State Pardon For Ken Saro-Wiwa, Others

Ken Saro-Wiwa
Ken Saro-Wiwa

October 22, (THEWILL) – President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday hinted at a possible state pardon to late Ogoni activist, Ken Saro Wiwa and others executed in the height of the Ogoni crisis in the 1990s.

The President gave the indication when he received some leaders and people of Ogoniland at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Friday.describing the events that led to the execution of the “Ogoni sons” as unfortunate.

THEWILL recalls that the activists, who became known as Ogoni 9, were from the Ogoni region who opposed the operating practices of the Royal Dutch Shell oil corporation.

They were executed in 1995 by the military regime of General Sani Abacha.

They included author and playwright Ken Saro-Wiwa, Saturday Dobee, Nordu Eawo, Daniel Gbooko, Paul Levera, Felix Nuate, Baribor Bera, Barinem Kiobel, and John Kpuine.

President Buhari noted that despite the gravity of the circumstances, the Federal Government will consider the request to grant them pardon and bring closure to the case.

He said, “We are committed to ensuring clemency and national integration as part of this Administration’s bid to lay the foundation for genuine reconciliation and bring closure to the issues of Ogoni land.

“The unfortunate incidents of the early 1990s leading to the loss of lives of distinguished sons of Ogoni land and the collateral judicial processes are indelible in our memories.

Buhari also promised that his regime would help the Ogoni bring closure to past grievances, which will bring the indigenes closer to the federation.

“Despite the grievous circumstances, the Federal Government will consider the request for the grant of pardon to finally close the Ogoni saga”, he added.