Ken Saro-Wiwa And Mosop
This book is a revelation. The book of revelation, if you like. It deals crucially with the life of a dignified man who was one of the most honest, I have ever known. The man who saved Nigeria from disintegration in 1967 but was unfortunately murdered in cold-blood by Shell and the same government on November 10, 1995. Ken Saro-Wiwa (1941-1995)was an honest negotiator who did not loss a fight but could yield if genuine dialogue was put in place for mutual agreement to be reached bilaterally.
Readers the world over, Ogoni and those who played the different roles in the hanging of Ken, would see my Hero resurface. And, this is because he lives. Shell and the Federal Government had lured, paid, and made promises to some Ogonis who were counseled in a mock court (before his arraignment at the Justice Ibrahim Autas Military tribunal) to testify falsely in oral and written forms against him and 8 others.
They did this so that having been killed for no crime but the consciousness he gave his suffering people, the Ogoni oil wealth and natural gas would be extracted unhindered and Niger Delta would learn a bitter lesson from it and would not venture to speak against the nonchalant attitudes of Shell oil and the Nigerian Government. However, they misfired. Though the messenger was taken away by Corporate and State Murder, the message lives on, therefore Ken Saro-Wiwa lives.
Ken Saro-Wiwa And Mosop, The Story and Revelation allows everyone, particularly minorities/students (scholars/environmentalists) all over the world to learn more of the life of this great man, who lived most of his life struggling to save his people and the environment; the Niger River Delta, the oppressed of Nigeria, Africa, and the larger world.
How he nonviolently confronted the tormentors of the repressed and marginalized because he saw the need to do so. He did it as a duty and paid the supreme price for his actions. This brings to mind the reality of ALTRUISM. He was indeed a selfless and committed man, an altruist.
It also serves as sending a strong message to the insensitive government of Nigeria, the United States Government, whose interest the Ogoni oil and gas reserves (oil for which Ken and 8 others were murdered) mostly serves to change their methods of dealing with the Ogoni people and issues; do oil business with greater consideration for the masses as against putting oil first. Treat them with respect and dignity, as human beings and not inanimates.
The book as well brings the British/Netherland Governments and their baby crooked, rogue company, Shell to the worlds satellite. For these governments have failed woefully to bring peace to Ogoni and the Niger Delta. Yet, the Britons, especially had brought Shell to Nigeria as their economic vehicle in the early 50s during the invasion, forceful and unjust colonization of west Africa for the expansion of their empire.
As the book says, Shell Must compensate Ogoni for her miseries that stem from unimaginable exploitation, the devastation of the environment (thats mans first right), and the death of over 4 thousand innocent citizens killed during the crises the company planned and executed, using the Nigerian State and Particularly the military led by Colonel Paul Okontimo (rtd), Major Obi Umai, and others.
The Rivers State Internal Security Taskforce ethnically cleanse Ogoni (committed genocide) on the orders of Shell, because Ogoni under Ken Saro-Wiwa took their destiny into their hands. Having given the company and government ultimatum to meet the Ogoni demand which has a state as the minimum, that was presented to the Federal Government in 1990, and they refused to response to, in any manner possible.
Shell was declared persona non grata