Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Dr. Dakuku Peterside who was the APC Governorship Candidate in the 2015 election and now Director-General of NIMASA yesterday said he receive the unfortunate news of the demise of Ken Saro-Wiwa Jnr with shock.
He said he was still visibly pained over the sad development even as he recalled his long years of closeness with the Wiwa family of Bane in Ogoni land.
Peterside said: “This is very sad news for me considering my many years of association with the Wiwa family of Bane. It’s indeed a very sad development and I am still in shock.
“The untimely death of Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr is a huge loss not only to the immediate Wiwa family and the Ogoni but to the Rivers South-East, Rivers State and the Nigerian nation.
“Peterside recalled that Ken Saro-Wiwa Jnr was a patriot that followed in the footsteps of his legendary father, the world-renowned author and environmental rights activist, late Ken Saro-Wiwa.
“I recall that Ken Saro-Wiwa Jnr was a great patriot that followed in the footsteps of his father, late Ken Saro-Wiwa Snr. I’m sure it is this patriotic and nationalistic fervour in the younger Ken that made him to accept to serve the Obasanjo Presidency as Special Assistant on Peace, Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation and later served as Senior Special Assistant on Civil Society and International Media in the former President Jonathan administration.”