Nigeria - Ken Saro Wiwa: power, greed, oil companies, and dictators

Ken Saro Wiwa
Ken Saro Wiwa, executed on November 10, 1995 by a Nigerian thug dictatorship with complicity from Shell an international energy company.

Ken Saro-Wiwa's life and death at the hands of Shell Oil and the dictatorship government in Nigeria in 1995 is not atypical. It is just well documented. The world needs to take oil out of the ground with more benefits for the people who live in the region and country and less crass enrichment for people in power. These horrible problems occur frequently with fossil fuels and much less frequently with mining uranium/thorium for nuclear power. We can't stop taking fossil fuels out of the ground. Correcting environmental and people related problems with extraction of oil and gas should be a top priority.

This document is based on All for Shell, published in 1997 by Project Underground, and written and researched by Andy Rowell, Steve Kretzmann, and the Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic at Yale University. It was updated in 2005 and published under the name “The Life and Death of Ken Saro-Wiwa” by the Remember Saro-Wiwa Project in London.


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