KEN SARO WIWA could not believe what happened to him. Lesson: Do not sabotage your own people’s efforts towards their liberation.
He never believed Abacha would confirm his death sentence!
From Oputa panel revelations, on the day of his execution, unable to face his fate with fortitude because he believed that his sentence would be commutted.
When they came for him, he kept on asking if Abacha was aware?
He Resisted being led to the execution point, kept on protesting for time as he expected reprieve would come at the 11th hour.
To calm him, he was shown the execution order signed by Abacha, but he frantically denounced it as fake, demanding audience with Abacha immediately.
The officer commanding the squad, a junior officer told him, the only report his superiors would listen to would be report of his death and nothing else.
Wiwa reverted to telling his killers how close he was to Abacha; the afternoons they spent playing tennis at 2nd Artillery brigade in Port Harcourt in the 70s, the nice evenings they used to have. That during the Ogoni protests, he had expected Abacha to have called him based on old times and asked him the least Ogoni would have accepted.
Wiwa pleaded and pleaded for his life to be spared. His pleas fell on deaf ears.
“Oh God”, he screamed, let my pleas work. His eyes were greasy with welling tears.
Why should today be his last day on earth?
What crimes did he commit? That he asked for his people to have a share of the wealth that comes from their land? The land that no longer supports farming or fishing because of oil spillage.
He mistook the officer’s dark reflections for contemplations of pity!
Any independent observer would conclude that Saro deserves pity and more. He had worked for it. His efforts during the civil war shortened the duration and saved thousands of Nigerian soldiers lives.
You see, while the Biafran blocked Omanelu and Isiokpo axis through Elele Junction, Saro was able to organise guides who guided the Nigerian soldiers to infiltrate through Etche, Alulu, link up to Ihiagwa and Nekede, connect Obosima and cutoff the Biafran soldiers who had successfully blocked the 3rd Marine Commandos Advance led by Black Scorpion.
Wiwa was rewarded with appointment as the Civilian Administrator of the port city of Bonny.
And it was really this bit of history that was the bone of contention.
He rightly or wrongly believed he had equal stake in the territory called Nigeria, having staked his life and helped in defeating those who were neigbours to him.
So, the shares of spoils of war, for which oil was the paramount spoil should be extended to his people, because without their efforts it would have been impossible to subdue Biafra in the battle field.
Remember that the 3rd Marine Commandos were eventually routed from Owerri, just before the end of the war, wherein Black Scorpion among the few to escape, had to escape dressed as a woman, for which he was court marshalled and dishonourably discharged. Adekunle the scorpion died a pauper, neglected by the federal side he fought for.
On the other hand, Wiwa’s erstwhile partners in conquest/crime, believed they have more than adequately rewarded him by making him an administrator of the city of Bonny and also making him a commissioner in Rivers State.
So he should keep off the oil, whether it was drilled from his village or not.
Posterity would judge who was right between him and those Abacha represented. For me as a scholar, I believe his requests or demands were in other. Eye wey see deal, the follow share. The child who pounded the pepper is entitled to a share.
Wiwa’s fate had been decided, the day he asked about the oil.
The recipients of the message were people from the oil-producing communities. None would dare ask questions about “our oil” after Wiwa’s execution.
At that point, the captain gave his orders and he was lifted up, struggling and protesting till he was tied up and killed.
When the question of the whereabouts of Wiwa’s body was raised at the Oputa panel, one of the soldiers giving evidence reported that it was completely dissolved in acid.
This is an intelligent narrative beautifully written.
But I should add that Mr Saro-Wiwa – like Adaka Boro and many other “Niger Delta” youths who would betray their new republic – had studied at secondary school and university on Eastern Nigeria scholarship.
It should also be noted that because of Saro-Wiwa’s betrayal, he was also rewarded with countless number of “abandoned properties”, including some previously belonging to Chief John Anyaehie (late father of Barr Nnamdi Anyaehie, CoS to Governor Uzodinma).
Late Sani Abacha and late Saro-Wiwa onced lived together in one of the abandoned properties he had seized.
Ken Saro Wiwa’s son, Ken Jnr also died very young. He died suddenly in London on 18 October 2016, aged 47, after suffering a stroke.
Finally, recall that, before Saro-Wiwa’s arrest, he had run to the same Enugu and the same Chukwuemeka Odimegwu-Ojukwu he had betrayed, to ask for Igbo intervention in his murder case. It was then that Ojukwu uttered that immortal word “Okokorokoooo” to the frightened Ogoni man.
The meeting that Saro-Wiwa attended was at Hotel Presidential Enugu, built by Michael Okpara who had given Saro-Wiwa scholarship to study at Government College Umuahia – and also betrayed by Saro-Wiwa!
Wike: We Will Not Yield To Pressures From Criminals To Relax Night Curfew
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has said he will not yield to the pressures from criminals to relax the night curfew declared across the state.
The Governor vowed that the curfew will continue following the gains that have been made since it was imposed.
The statewide curfew was imposed over a month ago in response to series of attacks by unknown gunmen on various police formations across the state.
Speaking during a statewide broadcast on Friday, Governor Wike said security agencies will continue to take the fight against criminals to their den until they are completely neutralized.
In words “as a matter of fact, they want us to prematurely terminate the statewide night curfew for them to have the leeway to operate again and roll back the gains of the last few weeks but we shall not give in to these pressures as the security of lives and property is more important for us to safeguard at all cost than the business of social interest of anyone else or group”.
“Let me, therefore, assure you that the curfew will not last one day beyond necessary as I appeal to all of us to endure the temporary inconveniences in the interest of the state and our collective wellbeing”.
The Governor also ordered the demolition of shanties and illegal structures along the Eleme-Onne axis of the East-West road in the state as additional measures to check insecurity.
The Governor said the demolition exercise will be carried out within two weeks from Friday.
Try Seeing Buhari In Positive Way – Ex Int’l Boxer Urges Nigerians
Nigeria ex International Boxer Mazi Ikechukwu Okoronkwo calls on Nigerians to see the positive side of President Buhari and support peace and Unity for National Growth and International Strength.
Sports Ambassador Mazi Ikechukwu Okoronkwo made the statement in Enugu Considering the regard of President Buhari administration over June 12 as Democracy day,
There is hope for continued Nigeria.
It is calculated that President Buhari have demostrated the strength of his administration in promoting Democracy considering the order of the day.
With the above understanding it is circulated that President Buhari Administration would always listen to South East regions State Government and various group of agitator and seek ways in administring true Democracy to the zone
It is believe that those that died during Nigeria/Biafra Civil war will always be remembered and a day set aside yearly to sympathize with the families.that the war affected.
The above will help to balance the equation.
Because from the way of Transparency system I have experienced in my oonvensation with Mr Sunday Dare The Hon Minister.
Ministry of Youth and Sports Development Abuja.
I saw in him the reflection of whom he is using his administrative Fiat ( empasis) President of Federal Republic of Nigeria Mmahumed Buhari GCFR transparency in Government matters
This Buhari administration look like they have regard for Common man.
Even though there are some. bad people using their position in the Government as Civil Servants or agency to do evil and to intimidate others with law enforcement agencies powers to gain personal interest.
It is our Responsibility as true and patriotic citizens to resist any evil act from such Government personality or individual who is departing from the rules of good service to the public
The above will help for National growth
The truth may be some how bitter for some people.
However I found out that if you stand for your right without shaking you will surely get Justice in Nigeria.
Spray Naira Notes, Go To Jail – CBN
Central Bank of Nigeria has condemned the rate at which Nigerians mutilate, deface, squeeze and even spray and sell the naira notes. The apex bank threatened that “abuse of the currency attracts a penalty not less than 6 months or a fine not less than N50,000 or both.”
Assistant Director at the Currency Operations Dept, Aladeen Badajo said this Thursday during commencement of CBN two-day sensitisation fair held in Abeokuta. The programme was meant to create awareness about its activities in relation to economic development initiatives.
In his presentation, Badejo urged the people to consider Nigeria’s currency as a symbol of national identity. Badejo who stressed the need to handle the banknotes with care and dignity expressed concern over huge amounts being spent reprinting them. He said, “Abuse of the currency attracts a penalty of not less than 6 months or a fine of not less than N50,000 or both.”
Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, CBN, Osita Nwanisiobi said the bank attached great importance to sensitisation programmes. Nwanisiobi said the programme had become necessary to enable the bank acquaint the public with its economic development initiatives and to explain opportunities available and how every citizen could take advantage of them.
He added that the programme would also help to receive feedback from the public for consideration in development of other policies. The Director explained that the programme was in tune with the vision of the CBN Governor, which according to him is to operate a people’s Centred Bank
Nwanisiobi further explained CBN’s policies and initiatives were designed to address observed failures in some sectors and with a view to building a strong and sustainable financial system. He, therefore, urged members of the public not only to acquire info about the programmes but also take advantage of them.
The Development Finance Department of the CBN, Biodun Okunola explained that the bank had opened various fundings designed to boost the economy with the target to promote small and medium scale businesses.
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