By Lizzy Ikuru
Bori (Rivers), Nov. 13, 2019
A US based Ogoni Activist Dr. Goodluck Diigbo, President, Ogoni Central Indigenous Authority (OCIA) has attributed support by some Ogoni people on the death of Late Ken Saro-wiwa and eight other Ogoni sons to ignorance.
Diigbo made the remark on Sunday in his address to commemorate the 24th anniversary of the hanging of the Ogoni nine.
The address which was mailed through OCIA’s Chief of Staff Mr Beabu Ndorbu on Sunday in Bori, Khana local area council in Rivers urged the Ogoni people to reexamine their roles and deduce a genuine lesson from their dailema.
“The economic terrorism at the dark heart of the big oil operations targeting the Ogoni people deployed a selective terror weapons to eliminate those who demanded for reforms and change.
“Nine of our brothers hung to death on this day, were among a few who stood up for reforms and change in Nigeria.
“The success of the hanging – by the Nigerian government in collaboration with the oil companies led by the Anglo-Royal Dutch/Shell Oil Company, however, depended on voluntary support by our fellow Ogoni people.
“I believe ignorance was at the heart of the support of the Ogoni people who gave in to push for the hanging to death of Ken Saro-Wiwa and our eight brothers: Saturday Dobee, Nordu Eawo, Daniel Gbooko, Paul Levura, Felix Nuate, Baribor Bera, Barinem Kiobel, and John Kpuine,”Diigbo said.
Diigbo also revealed that OCIA as part of a deliberate effort to tackle the challenges posed by ignorance and ineptitude in the region has launched a campaign against ignorance.
“This was why we launched the campaign against ignorance during our 23rd anniversary.
“As I have always said, we must self-examine our own roles in our own dilemma.
“This also applies to the current system of government at all levels in Nigeria, we must focus on eliminating those who are contributing to terror in our society rather than chase after those who are striving towards making a failed system tolerable.
” We must strive to offer something to replace the system that does not work for our people which is the reason why the OCIA must work to improve our society and transform our people,” he added.