In a statement, Wednesday, by the Kingdom Coordinators Forum of Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOP, the body said that the ultimatum handed the military government of former military Head of State, late General Sani Abacha by the Commonwealth after the judicial murder of Ken Saro-Wiwa, contributed largely to the emergence of the country’s democracy.
The statement by Letom Sina called on the Federal Government to honour the late Sarowiwa and late Chief Abiola for sacrificing their lives for a democratic Nigeria.
“The consequences of Saro-Wiwa’s killing along with eight other activists in 1995, including Dr. Barinem Kiobel, John Kpuinen and Baribor Bera, no doubt facilitated Nigeria’s return to democracy. Nigeria’s democracy could have been thwarted by another military intervention or prolonged military rule but for the ultimatum handed down by the Commonwealth after the hanging of Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogonis on November 10, 1995.
“It is regrettable that Nigeria’s deep rooted injustice has beclouded decision makers, who have not considered that demands for self determination for every Nigerian is a fundamental rights, which must be respected..
“It is regrettable that though Nigeria has acknowledged the innocence of Saro-Wiwa and his colleagues, the country has not considered correcting the wrongs of 1995 by exonerating the nine Ogonis hanged by Abacha and respecting the fundamental rights of the Ogoni people.”