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By Brian Carlson
Hie brother of a slain Nigerian po
litical activist described the suffering
of his native Ogooi people and im
plored the public to protest abuses of
power in that region.
Dr. Owens Wiwa, whose brother,
Ken Saro-Wiwa, was executed by the
Nigerian military government on Nov.
10,1995, spoke to a University of Ne
braska-Lincoln audience at Love Li
brary Wednesday night.
He blamed the exploitation of the
Ogonis on Royal Dutch-Shell oil
company's environmental irresponsi
bility and support of Nigeria’s military
Owens Wiwa blamed Shell for “en
vironmental racism” in Nigeria. He
said the company’s oil drilling in
Ogoniland had resulted in massive en
vironmental destruction, destroying the
Ogonis’ farmland and causing wide
I sinead disease.
Although Shell never compensated
the Ogonis financially, Owens Wiwa
said, it paid millions of dollars to
Nigeria’s military dictators. Shell thus
established itself as a “pillar of dicta
torship” and enhanced the militaiy’s
power, he said.
Saro-Wiwa, a leader of the Ogonis’
move to protest their mistreatment, was
executed after being convicted of mur
der by a military tribunal.
Owens Wiwa said the murders of
four Ogoni chiefs, for which his brother
was blamed, were actually committed
by the military in an effort to divide
the Ogoni people.
But the military claimed Saro
Wiwa incited the killings and held him
captive for several months before his
trial and execution, Owens Wiwa said.
Owens Wiwa was able to escape
from Nigeria just days after his
brother’s execution last November. He
has traveled extensively, pushing for
passage of an international oil embargo
on Nigeria and for protests of Shell Oil.
He said although the Ogoni people
Whatever oil you receive from Nigeria has
the blood, of the Ogoni people on it.”
Dr. Owens Wh&
brother of slain Nigerian political activist
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lack political power in their country,
the military leadership would suffer if
faced with a firm world protest of its
“Whatever oil you receive from
Nigeria has the blood of the Ogoni
people on it," he said.
Inspired by the examples of India's
Mohandas Gandhi and the American
civil rights movement, Owens Wiwa
said he and his supporters would con
tinue to wage a nonviolent protest
against die Ogonis’ abusers.
“We smile because we are angry,"
he said. “We don’t show anger to these
people, because that’s what they want
to see. ,
Moses Tafarki, a senior at Nebraska
Wesleyan University who is originally
from Nigeria, attended the presenta
tion. Although not a member of the
Ogoni people, he said he related to their
“It is a struggle that involves loss
of life,” he said. “And when life is lost,
every well-mannered person from Ni
geria should feel affected ”
Tafarid said he knew Saro-Wiwa
personally and was shocked by his
“He was a peaceful man who loved
life and was an inspiration to many of
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