Obit: Ken Saro-Wiwa, Jr., son of murdered environmentalist Ken, Snr. is dead – Tola Adenle

October 20, 2016


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Ken Saro-Wiwa, Jr. [Photo Credit:]

Ken Saro-Wiwa, Jr., son of late environmentalist and human rights fighter for his Ogoni (Nigeria’s oil-producing area in the Delta) people, is dead.

Ken Saro-Wiwa, Senior was sentenced to death by the General Abacha regime on trumped-up charges  because he cried out to the world about the extensive degradation of the area that produces – still does – Nigeria’s oil. Saro-Wiwa, a graduate of the University of Ibadan, was president, Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), was murdered despite calls by world leaders, including the Commonwealth of which Nigeria was a member.

Ken, a journalist, carried on in the footsteps of his father to fight, alongside other Ogoniland activists, for the Nigerian government to pay attention to the environmental degradation of their homeland which has continued to be neglected.

A recent press conference that President Buhari had in the USA shows the lack of care and/or grasp of the import of the problem of the people’s desperation with the environmental-devastation in the oil-producing Delta.

The insurgency in the Delta against the Nigerian state in blowing up oil pipelines must have been on the mind of a foreign journalist who asked President Buhari about the government’s crackdown in the Delta while the huge loss of earnings from oil perpetrated by “the Avengers” seemed the only important thing on the President’s mind.

President Buhari’s rambling and nearly-incoherent answer that implied the area did not vote for him … was at best undiplomatic. The lady who asked the question looked surprised as most watchers on television must have been.

As a Nigerian, I found it heartless, and a painful answer to watch.

The struggle of the Niger Delta people is unlikely to be willed away or forced into submission by use of military power as Nigeria is doing at the moment and has done on and off for decades. New leaders and groups have always emerged: Isaac Adaka-Boro, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Snr. and the Ogoni Eight who were murdered by Abacha’s Nigeria, and others, including Saro-Wiwa, Jnr. New leaders will continue to emerge as long as Nigerian governments refuse to engage with such leaders and groups in a positive way.

Ken Saro-Wiwa, Jnr. was 47 years old. May he find eternal rest with the Lord.


UPDATE: You may wish to check out the tape:




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4 Comments on “Obit: Ken Saro-Wiwa, Jr., son of murdered environmentalist Ken, Snr. is dead – Tola Adenle”

  1. Adegoke G. Falade Says:

    The issues are very complicated. Both sides are wrong, and pursuing wrong courses!
    One thing is clear : Go back to pre-Ironsi era way of governance in Nigeria.
    Most important, Love thy neighbour as thyself. No family, no nation will find peace once this admonition of the Son of God is transgressed. Let those who have ears, to hear, hear!



    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Prof.,

      Thanks very much.

      THAT – “going back …” – is what all the cries about restructuring is all about, and sooner than later, it would have to be done. Without it, Nigeria is just being put a very painful and slow death.

      Sincere regards,



  2. bisisowunmig Says:

    How tragic and most shocking!!

    May his soul find rest, and may God avenge for Himself the injustices, murders, and other evils done to the people of Ogoniland and the devastated Niger Delta in general, and may He grant present rulers the wisdom, grace, humaneness, sensitivity, sense of justice, fairness and sympathy as well as penitence for past and present unGodly and inhuman actions against the innocent people for whom the black gold has become more of a curse. May God also grant us Nigerians as a whole to be more perceptive and sensitive, and sorry for sins committed by those in authority of which we are all beneficiaries, and embolden us to CRY ALOUD FOR JUSTICE IN THE NIGER DELTA. Our silence is complicity and consequently a share in the guilt of those in authority.

    May God, the God of consolation and Father of mercies console and comfort the Saro Wiwa family, Amen.

    Many thanks for the information.
    Warm regards,
    S. Bisi

    Sent from my iPad




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