27 Years after: Saro-Wiwa resurrects at COP27

12th November, 2022

The memory of the late Nigerian environmental activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, came alive again on Friday at COP27 in Egypt as the Oilwatch group celebrated him, 27 years after his execution.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Oilwatch group include Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), Nigeria; Earthlife Johannesburg, Johannesburg; CAPPA, Africa; Kabetkache Women Development Centre, Nigeria and the Centre for Environmental Justice, Togo.

Saro Wiwa was executed on Nov. 10, 1995, alongside eight others by the then military government as a result of environmental activism over the oil exploration in Ogoni area of the Niger Delta.

Nnimmo Bassey, an Environmental Activist and the Director of HOMEF, said the spirit of the late activist lived on; and the struggle they led continued to inspire the resistance to ecological crimes by extractive companies in Nigeria and around the world.

“Today, we remember Ken Saro-Wiwa and the eight Ogoni leaders who were wrongfully executed by the Nigerian state on Nov. 10, 1995.

“We also call to mind the several earth and human rights defenders who have been martyred across the world by, or for, fossil fuel and mining corporations.

“Blood has flown, our lands have been polluted, and the world is heating. We demand justice for our heroes

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