Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Nigerians remember Ken Saro Wiwa + 10 of his inspiring patriotic quotes.

In Remembrance of Ken Saro Wiwa::::::

Saro Wiwa was hanged yesterday, November 10, but back in 1995 – 20 years ago – after being tried by a military tribunal he said the judge had written the judgement in advance.

Ken Saro Wiwa is best known as the writer who fought fiercely for the rights of the Ogoni people in south-south Nigeria, eventually paying the ultimate price.

In a letter from prison, he wrote:

“A year has gone by since I was rudely roused from my bed and clamped into detention. “Sixty-five days in chains, weeks of starvation, months of mental torture and, recently, the rides in a steaming, airless Black Maria to appear before a kangaroo court, dubbed a special military tribunal, where the proceedings leave no doubt that the judgment has been written in advance. And a sentence of death against which there is no appeal is a certainty.” Continue........

Here are some quotes from the “true son” of Ogoniland.

1. “Lord take my soul, but the struggle continues.”

2. “The men we are dealing with are mindless, Stone Age dictators addicted to blood.”

3. “In Nigeria, the only wrongdoers are those who do no wrong; to live a day in Nigeria is to die many times.”

4. “[Nigeria’s rulers] have been responsible for the African nightmare, afraid as they are of ideas and men of ideas. They are daylight robbers who kill for money.”

5. “Water wey dey boil No hot like dis Nigeria.”

6. “You cannot destroy an idea like mine…Even if I were to die tomorrow, even if I were to be locked up in prison…You can’t destroy an idea like mine.”

7. “I want the country to be together. I want one country, but I want a true federation, not this apparition…”

9. The writer cannot be a mere storyteller; he cannot be a mere teacher; he cannot merely X-ray society’s weaknesses, its ills, its perils. He or she must be actively involved shaping its present and its future.”

10. “I call upon the Ogoni people, the peoples of the Niger delta, and the oppressed ethnic minorities of Nigeria to stand up now and fight fearlessly and peacefully for their rights. History is on their side. God is on their side. For the Holy Quran says in Sura 42, verse 41: ‘All those that fight when oppressed incur no guilt, but Allah shall punish the oppressor.’ Come the day.”

That's life for us....

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