Below is the text of Mr Major’s comments on Ken Saro-
[Mr Major was asked if Nigeria could stay in the Commonwealth following the trial of Ken Saro-
It was a bad trial, a bad judgement and an unjust sentence and the Commonwealth will make that point very clear to Nigeria when it asks for clemency, but my principal concern at the moment is to save the lives of the people who are presently under threat and we will use all our endeavours to do that. I don’t think going beyond that and uttering threats of what might happen subsequently is a helpful way of securing that primary interest -
[Mr Major was asked if anyone else could exert pressure on Nigeria].
I think a number of countries can exert influence, certainly the leaders of countries in sub-
[Mr Major was asked about whether Nigeria’s actions would just be forgotten about].
No, of course not but one needs to remember that the Commonwealth concern about Nigeria and other countries was on our agenda before the sentences on Mr Saro-