The Ogoni Youth Federation (OYF), the umbrella youth physique in Ogoni has rejected President Muhammadu Buhari’s proposed posthumous state pardons for the late environmental activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa and others executed within the top of the Ogoni disaster within the Nineties.
President Buhari lately hinted about attainable posthumous state pardons for Saro-Wiwa and others executed by the Normal Sani Abacha dictatorial regime.
The group, which grew to become generally known as Ogoni 9, had been activists from the Ogoni area who opposed the working practices of oil firms destroying their surroundings.
Referred to as Ogoni 9, the activists had been creator and playwright Ken Saro-Wiwa, Saturday Dobee, Nordu Eawo, Daniel Gbooko, Paul Levera, Felix Nuate, Baribor Bera, Barinem Kiobel, and John Kpuine.
They had been tried by a particular army tribunal for allegedly masterminding the homicide of Ogoni chiefs at a pro-government assembly, and hanged in 1995 by the army dictatorship of Normal Abacha.
OYF President-Normal, Comrade Legborsi Yamaabana famous that the United Nations Truth-Discovering Group which arrived in Nigeria in April 1996 already handed a verdict, describing the trial and execution of the Ogoni 9 as unjust, unfair, partial and failing to fulfill the necessities of each home and worldwide human rights legal guidelines.
A press release issued by the group on Sunday and signed by its Publicity Secretary, Lene Kingsley Lekue, stated Buhari’s probably transfer doesn’t meet the yearnings of the Ogoni folks.
The group vehemently objected to any plan to pardon their ‘Nice Hero’, stressing that he didn’t commit any crime in opposition to the Nigerian State.
In response to the group, Saro-Wiwa was extra-judicially killed by the Nigerian State, and that what is suitable within the circumstance is a public apology and a posthumous honour.
“We completely reject the deliberate pardon in its entirety. Pardons are given to criminals. Ken Saro-Wiwa wasn’t responsible of any crime and don’t earn the pardon.
“What we’re asking for is the exoneration of the identify of Ken Saro-Wiwa from the Justice Auta Ibrahim kangaroo Tribunal and for a Nationwide Posthumous Honour to be bestowed on him and different martyrs prefer it was bestowed on M.Okay.O. Abiola, Babagana Kingibe and Gani Fawehinmi and never a pardon.
“No accolade in any respect has hitherto been given to Ken Saro-Wiwa and his eight lieutenants regardless of their roles in enthroning democracy within the nation with their lives.
“OYF believes that honouring these martyrs would good the search for nationwide therapeutic and reconciliation.
“In response to the availability of part 35(6) of the 1999 structure as amended which offers that any one who is unlawfully arrested, detained and or suffered injustice shall be entitled to compensation and apology from the suitable authority. Identical to the choice of the Courtroom in Chairman EFCC V David Littlechild (2015)LCN/7962(CA)
“OYF additionally queried the clandestine strikes by some Ogoni elders to go to President Buhari with out the involvement of the youth. That is worrisome and unacceptable. Whereas we will settle the matter internally, such inordinate transfer shouldn’t repeat itself.”
In the meantime, Comrade Yamaabana applauded Buhari for transferring the development of the East-West Street from the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to the Presidential Infrastructure Improvement Fund (PIDF), saying it can fast-track the funding and development of the stated street.
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