Exactly 25 years since the death of the Environmental Activist and leader of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), Ken Saro-Wiwa, who was sentenced to death by hanging, by the Late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, the Ijaw Youths are calling for restructuring.
Speaking on African Independent Television, AIT, this Wednesday evening, Ebilade Ekerefe, an Ijaw Youth activist and the spokesperson of Ijaw Youth Council, stated that their position is that the country should be restructured.
Ekerefe said Zamfara have started it, then others should be allowed to do the same. “The Niger Delta agitation is that the regions should be allowed to control their resources. That is what Zamfara is doing now, then others can do the same.
“The #ENDSARS protest is a metaphor for restructuring. Though, our concern is not about police brutality, but military invasion. They’ve invaded our community, vandalizing our properties and already rendered several people homeless”.
Saro-Wiwa led a nonviolent campaign against environmental degradation of the land and waters of Ogoniland by the operations of the multinational petroleum industry, especially the Royal Dutch Shell company. He was also an outspoken critic of the Nigerian government, which he viewed as reluctant to enforce environmental regulations on the foreign petroleum companies operating in the area.
At the peak of his non-violent campaign, he was tried by a special military tribunal for allegedly masterminding the gruesome murder of Ogoni chiefs at a pro-government meeting, and hanged in 1995 by the military Head of State, General Sani Abacha.