Nigerians In Ghana Commemorate Anniversary Of Execution Of Saro Wiwa

Nigerians in Ghana have commemorated the 20th anniversary of the execution of writer and renowned environmentalist, Ken Saro Wiwa and eight other human rights activists in Nigeria.

The nine activists were tried by the military dictatorship of General Sani Abacha in military style tribunals in November 1995 and were found guilty for their alleged involvement in the murder of four Ogoni tribal leaders.

The commemoration was spearheaded by the Ghana chapter of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) on Tuesday at the Kokomlemle secretariat of the All Nigerians Community in Ghana.

MOSOP was the organisation used by Saro Wiwa and his colleagues in their fight for the emancipation of Ogoniland from environment exploitation which was perpetrated by the multi-national oil company, Shell.

The trial and execution of Saro Wiwa and the 8 other activists received international condemnation with former British Prime Minister, John Major tagging it as “a judicial murder”. Nigeria was subsequently suspended from the Commonwealth along with other sanctions.

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