Erosion Threatens Saro-Wiwa’s Tomb

Erosion Threatens Saro-Wiwa’s Tomb


The final resting place of slain foremost Ogoni environmentalist and founder of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa, at his hometown, Bane in Khana local government area of Rivers State, is on the verge of being washed away by erosion.

The entire Bane community may go under water in the next 15 years if adequate measures are not taken to address the natural disaster.

The location of Saro-Wiwa’s tomb, which was provided by the community is a stretch of about two plots of land overlooking the famous Imo River.

Bane Town, as the community is popularly called, is on the lower reaches of the river.

It was observed that the foundation of the block building housing the tomb of the renowned environmentalist cum poet had been exposed to the surface by the erosion, which forces its way through the stretch of land into the Imo River.

It was further observed that so far, no effort has been made by the Saro-Wiwa family, the leadership of Bane community or MOSOP to stop the threat on the tomb caused by erosion.

At the entrance of the stretch of land are some sign posts with various writings, such as the ‘Ogoni Central Indigenous Authority (OCIA)’, ‘Ken Saro-Wiwa Avenue, Bane Town, Founder MOSOP’ and ‘Ken’s Homeland, Security on Guard’, amongst others.

It is worthy note note that since the remains of Saro-Wiwa was interred in the stretch of land in 2004 after it was removed from the Port Harcourt Cemetery, where he was initially buried along with eight of his compatriots, following their hanging in November 1995 by the then military government, the graveside and entire Bane community have hosting several local and international visitors.