…Says 1995 Hangings Cannot Be Swept Under Carpet
…Hopes MOSOP’s Development Proposal Will Pave Way For New Era
The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has again called on the Nigerian Government to facilitate the resolution of the Ogoni crises and take appropriate steps to clear the names of the nine Ogonis murdered by General Sanni Abacha on November 10, 1995 including Ken Saro-Wiwa, Saturday Dobee, Nordu Eawo, Daniel Gbooko, Paul Levura, Felix Nuate, Baribor Bera, Barinem Kiobel, and John Kpuinen.
President of MOSOP, Fegalo Nsuke made the call yesterday (July 24, 2022) in Ebubu, Eleme local government area where he met affiliates of MOSOP including women and youths.
Nsuke said it is the responsibility of the Nigerian leadership to address problems and not escalate them, noting that the 1995 hangings still hurt because it was grossly unjust.
He said the Ogoni people cannot abandon these men whose innocence have been well established.
Besides, we really cannot celebrate any progress in Ogoni for as long as the injustices done to these men are not addressed by the government.
“It will be difficult to celebrate any Ogoni victories for our struggle for as long as Saro-Wiwa”s innocence along with eight others who were murdered with him by the Nigerian state on November 10, 1995 are not legally addressed to have them cleared and exonerated because they were innocent and committed no crime”. Nsuke said.
He assured the Ogoni people of MOSOP’s relentless commitment to pursue the exoneration for the nine, noting that it was gross injustice which the Nigerian government cannot sweep under the carpet.
Nsuke however expressed hopres that the proposal from MOSOP calling for the operation of an Ogoni Development Authority coupled with the exoneration of Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight others can launch Ogoni and Nigeria into a new era of greater prosperity.
“Saro-Wiwa and others were murdered by the Nigerian state in their innocence and it is proper to revisit the issue and correct the mistakes by eonerating them from the crimes which we all know they did not commit.
Fortunately, we have made proposals for development and the exoneration and we hope that Nigeria accepts these proposals to help us all move forward.” he said.
He further noted that exonerating the Ogoni nine will only build goodwill for the authorities and bring some sort of healing especially for their families who still feel a deep sense of injustice for the 1995 executions.
Nsuke, who described the hangings as barbaric, remarked that Nigeria cannot run away from the errors of the hanging and it will only be appropriate to address these issues frankly.
“It was barbaric for the state to have done what they did in 1995.
Executing nine innocent men who were denied a fair trial and the rights to appeal the death sentences.
For MOSOP, it is an issue that cannot be swept under the carpet and we consider it appropriate for the government to address these issues frankly” Nsuke remarked.