While extolling the value of the sacrifice made by Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogoni activists, President of the Ogoni Central Indigenous Authority, Dr. Goodluck Diigbo has urged his fellow Ogoni people to work together for their collective progress.
“Heroes are remembered, admired, and even worshipped often, for many different reasons. Their endurance and the respect paid to them are the marks of their value. This is so for the Ogoni Nine. They are like a good story. Their value is appreciated till eternity. This should inspire us to work together,” said Diigbo.
He said the sacrifice they made is for our opportunities, not opportunism. November 10 for the Ogoni people is a solemn day, not somber and angry season.
He enjoined his people to use the 20th Anniversary of the hanging of the Ogoni Nine to strengthen and intensify their efforts towards self-government.
Continuing, he stressed: “Let us all recommit ourselves. Let us take advantage of the international machinery available to help us realize all our rights. Most especially, the rights outlined in the Ogoni Bill of Rights and others enshrined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”
“We desire that the Ogoni people exercise full political control over Ogoni affairs, control our natural resources, safeguard and protect our environment, preserve our history and languages. So that our boys and girls, men and women, and our children can have a better life and opportunities to develop their human potentialities,” Diigbo noted.
People from all walks of life participated. The activities included an International Church Service, dancing groups, and cultural festivities.
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