The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, MOSOP says it is deeply saddened and shocked over the death of one of Ken Saro Wiwa’s sons, Menegian Saro- Wiwa, in the United Kingdom, on Monday, April 13, 2020.
In Press release signed by Chief Keeper Gbaranor, chairman, MOSOP National Transition Council, said news of Menegian’s death was received from his twin sister Noo, who confirmed that he died of Coronavirus.
“We said goodbye to my brother, Gian, on Monday. He had Covid-19 combined with underlying health conditions. Gian was the smartest and most talented out of all of us: a champion sprinter at school, a poet, an artist, budding engineer, a self-taught guitarist and pianist. But mental health issues limited his life from age 16 onwards.”
According to Noo, “I took this photo of him a few months ago before he was hospitalised. We were singing Hysteria by Def Leppard, a song we both love. Although, the side-effects of medication altered his athletic physique, this photo still captures Gian’s essence: a kind and beautiful soul, always wanting the best for his family, always praying for our future success while being eternally optimistic about his own” the statement stated.
“This is so devastating, sad and painful to the Ogoni people and compatriots in the struggle for justice, a course championed by our leader and hero, Ken Saro- Wiwa.
“MOSOP sympathizes and shares the pain with the immediate family and calls on the entire Ogoni people to pray for the remaining members of the Wiwa’s family.
“We are however, consoled by the fact that the good works, name and legacy bequitted us by our hero, Ken Saro-Wiwa, remain indelible and live on”, the statement further stated.
Menegian, born in 1970, was the last remaining son of the marriage between Ogoni martyr and environmentalist, Ken Saro wiwa and Maria.
He left behind a son, Louis.
MOSOP prayed that his very gentle soul find rest at the bosom of his creator