The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), the leading and apex socio-cultural organisation of the Ogoni people in Rivers State, on Thursday, reviewed the life of Ken Saro Wiwa and called on all Nigerians to uphold peaceful means of agitations which Saro-Wiwa promoted.
In a statement made available to NAIJ.com by Publicity Secretary of MOSOP, Fegalo Nsuke, the group also called on the Nigerian government to review the sentences passed on the nine Ogoni leaders who were brutally murdered by the military government on November 10, 1995.
The statement reads in part “MOSOP today remembers the martyrs of the Ogoni struggle particularly Ken Saro Wiwa, Saturday Dobee, Nordu Eawo, Daniel Gbooko, Paul Levera, Felix Nuate, Baribor Bera, Barinem Kiobel, and John Kpuine.
“Today keeps in our memory, the sacrifices of our heroes, it ignites the realities of their innocence, their unfair trial and the pains of how they were hurriedly and brutally killed by the Nigerian government on November 10, 1995.
“The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) calls on the Nigerian government to review the sentences passed on Ogoni leaders 21 years ago by a military tribunal in Port Harcourt”.
MOSOP said a review of the sentences will demonstrate that the present government would not have acted in the way of the military authorities in 1995, calling on the federal government to right the wrongs of the past and to put Nigeria on the path of a just society committed to the values of a democracy.
The statement further said “to the Ogoni people, November 10 is a call for patriotism, to sustain our collective struggle for a just and fair system and to stand up against injustice at all times, wherever it surfaces.
“November 10 is a call on all Ogonis and the entire minorities of Nigeria to uphold the peaceful methods which Ken Saro-Wiwa promoted and to ensure that the sacrifices of our fallen heroes do not go in vain”.