(TRADE NEWSWIRE): ‘We brought nothing into this world and it is certain we carry nothing out.The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord. The Holy Bible- Job 1:21, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, recites in honour of late Kenule “Ken” Bornale Tsaro-Wiwa, broken-heartedly, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports.
Peterside, who was the APC Governorship Candidate in the 2015 election in Rivers State, upon receipt of news of the demise of Ken Saro-Wiwa Jnr in London, was shocked to the marrow, just as he recalled his long years of closeness with the Wiwa family of Bane in Ogoni, as contained in a statement obtained by TRADE NEWSWIRE from the Media Office of Dr. Dakuku Peterside.
“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.
“I recall that Ken Saro-Wiwa Jnr was a great patriot that followed in the footsteps of his father, late Ken Saro-Wiwa. 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 as Senior Special Assistant on Civil Society and International Media in the former President Jonathan administration.
“As we all mourn the momentous loss of Ken Jnr, I extend my most profound condolences to his immediate family and pray that God Almighty will grant them the strength and fortitude to bear this irreparable loss and grant the soul of late Ken Saro-Wiwa Jnr eternal bliss in his bosom”, Dr. Peterside said.
He said that the untimely death of Ken Saro-Wiwa Jnr is a huge loss not only to the immediate Wiwa family and the Ogoni people, but Rivers South-East, Rivers State and the Nigerian nation as a whole.
Peterside described Ken Saro-Wiwa Jnr as a patriot who followed in the footsteps of his legendary father, the world-renowned author and environmental rights activist, late Ken Saro-Wiwa.
About Ken Saro-Wiwa Jnr
Kenule “Ken” Bornale Tsaro-Wiwa was born on 28 November 1968 and died on18 October 2016, also known as Ken Saro-Wiwa, Jr, was a Nigerian journalist and author.
As of 2013, he served as an aide to President Goodluck Jonathan as senior special assistant on civil society and international media. He has served under the regime of former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former President Umar Musa Yar’adua at different capacity.
Wiwa was born in Lagos, the eldest son of Nigerian human rights activist and author Ken Saro-Wiwa. He was educated in Nigeria and at Stancliffe Hall School and Tonbridge School in England, and then at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, now part of University College, London.
He was editor of the United Kingdom’s Guardian′s periodical New Media Lab, where he developed content for the paper’s online edition.