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Remember Ken Saro-Wiwa & 8 others hanged 19 years ago

Oil Change International

We remember Ken Saro-Wiwa. Killed 19 years ago today

In 1990, Saro-Wiwa launched a non-violent movement for social and ecological justice in his Ogoni homeland and the Niger Delta. The movement he led accused the Nigerian government and Shell and Chevron of waging an ecological war and genocidal series of attacks against the peoples of the Delta.

The movement was so effective, that by 1993 Shell had to pull out of Ogoni. The response by Shell and the military government of Nigeria was to frame him for murder and execute him.The hanging of Ken Saro-Wiwa dramatically and tragically illustrated the true price of oil.

Nine men – Baribor Bera, Saturday Dobee, Nordu Eawo, Daniel Gbokoo, Barinem Kiobel, John Kpuinen, Paul Levura, Felix Nuate and Ken Saro-Wiwa – were hanged on the morning of November 10, 1995, in the yard of Nigeria’s Port Harcourt prison. 19 years ago today.

Witnesses reported that Saro-Wiwa’s last words were, “Lord take my soul, but the struggle continues.”

Today, Nigeria's struggle with oil is sadly continuing...

Posted Date: 
12 November 2014