Abuja - The Movement for the Survival of
Ogoni People (MOSOP) has urged ethnic minorities to adopt non-violent means
while agitating for their rights.
Its Publicity Secretary, Mr Felago Nsuke, made the call in a
statement in Abuja on Wednesday as the organisation remembered its leaders
executed 21 years ago.
“Today, Nov. 10, 2016 keeps in our memory, the sacrifices of
our heroes; it ignites the realities of their innocence, their unfair trial and
the pains of how they were hurriedly and brutally killed by the government.
“The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP)
calls on the Nigerian government to review the sentences passed on Ogoni leaders
21 years ago by a military tribunal in Port Harcourt,’’ he said.
The spokesman called on the government show that it was
committed to right the wrongs of the past and to set the country on the path of
a just society committed to civilised values.
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“A review of the sentences will demonstrate that the present
government would not have acted in the way of the military authorities in 1995.
“To the Ogoni people, November 10 is a call for patriotism
to sustain our collective struggle for a just and fair system and to stand up
against injustice at all times, wherever it surfaces.
“November 10 is a call on the Ogoni and the entire
minorities of Nigeria to uphold the peaceful methods which Ken Saro-Wiwa
promoted and to ensure that the sacrifices of our fallen heroes do not go in
vain,” Nsuke said.
The executed leaders, otherwise known as Ogoni 9 were Ken
Saro-Wiwa, Saturday Dobee, Nordu Eawo, Daniel Gbooko, Paul Levera, Felix Nuate,
Baribor Bera, Barinem Kiobel and John Kpuine.
Their ordeal had to do with the Ogoni struggle against
environmental degradation and fair share of the oil wealth from their land.