10th of November 2016 marked it exactly 21 years since environmental crusader, Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight others were killed by the then military Government headed by General Sani Abacha. Their death provoked international condemnation and a non-violent campaign against environmental degradation of the land and waters of Ogoniland.
While marking the day, an Interest group known as Ogoni Relief Network has called on President Buhari to engage the services of Power plus Cleaning solutions into activities of cleaning up Ogoni land as recommended by the United Nations. President of the group, Daniel Kanee said the call was prompted to ensure that measures are been put in place to save the Ogoni land from further degradation. He however called on all sons and daughters of Ogoni origin to use the 21st anniversary Celebration as an atmosphere for unity.
On his part, Executive Director of Ogonis in Diaspora, Ambrose Kii examined the growth the of Ogoni agenda since the death of Ken Saro Wiwa and concluded that the environmental crusader did not die in vain. He said that the federal government has responded to some of their demands.
But on the contrary; Another Ogoni in Diaspora, Godswill Kenam said the demands of the Ogoni nation are yet to be met fully.
He said many Ogonis still live in poverty as a result of environmental pollution.
Still on that; An Ogoni leader in Rivers state, Magnus Abe, had expressed satisfaction with the level of attention given to the Ogoni struggle. Senator Abe noted that the demands made by Ken Saro-Wiwa are now being looked into, years after his death.
Senator Abe however commended the federal government for the flag-off of the UNEP clean up exercise and the appointment of an Ogoni son as a director in NDDC. He also added that the Ogoni struggle will not end until the life of the ordinary Ogoni man is completely transformed after years of marginalization.
In the meantime; Facilitator of the Ogoni Generation Next Project, Kadilo Kabari says the 21st memorial of the death of environmental crusader, Ken Saro-Wiwa has helped bring justice for the Ogoni people. Mr. Kabari revealed that the judge who gave the death sentence on Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight others has recently been fingered in a bribery scam in connection with the case between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and a former Governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu. He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for having the political will to bring justice to the Ogoni people and implement the UNEP report.