EXONERATION NOT PARDON FOR KEN SARO-WIWA
The Board of Directors of the Ken Saro-Wiwa Foundation (KSWF) have received and read the
statement from Mr Adesina, the Special Adviser on Communications to the President of
Nigeria, General Mohamadu Buhari (Rtd), in which the President conveyed his willingness to
grant clemency or pardons to Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight Ogoni activists illegally executed by
the Nigerian Military Dictatorship of Sani Abacha on November 10 1995 after a sham trial.
Ken Saro-Wiwa and the other eight Ogonis were not criminals. They were innocent activists
unjustly murdered for fighting for a just cause on behalf of their oppressed community.
The path to true peace in the region begins with justice. The cleaning up of the environment
for which they campaigned and died for is a first good step.
The exoneration of Ken Saro-Wiwa and 8 other Ogoni activists, judicially murdered on
November 10 1995 is another step towards peace.
The family of Ken Saro-Wiwa have made a request for the exoneration of Ken Saro-Wiwa to
the President in the past and are still waiting for a response. We urge the President to again
consider this request as a path to justice and peace.
The family and the Foundation have not asked any individual to ask for pardon or clemency
for Ken Saro-Wiwa on our behalf, nor are we aware of any group of Ogonis making such a
Dr Owens Wiwa
For the Board of Directors