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Groups Mourn, Advocate Justice For Victims Of Violent Killings Across Nigeria.



Families of victims, sympathisers surrounding a truck carrying coffins of people killed in Makurdi, Benue on January 11, 2018.

Several non governmental organisations and human rights activists, including Global Rights and Enough is Enough Nigeria, have called on the three levels of government, local, state and federal in Nigeria, to put an end to violent killings in Nigeria and make sure the offenders face the consequences.

This call was made recently at the Unity Fountain in Abuja, yesterday, May 28, 2018 where many people gathered to mourn those who have been unjustly killed violently. The theme was ‘National Day Of Mourning And Remembrance For All Victims Of Violent Killings Across Nigeria.’ Present at the meeting, all wearing black T-shirts, were several other representatives of human right organisations and prominent figures like former minister of Education, Dr Oby Ezekwesili and Innocent Idibia popularly known as 2face.

The convener of the event, Prof Chidi Odinkalu said, “The Nigerian government is allowing armed bandits to take over territories and they are killing Nigerians. The very same government, who should be the ones protecting and fighting for us against them, are the ones dividing us.”

While speaking, Dr Ezekwesili said, “All these incessant killings must stop. When the killings were taking place in the northeast and the northerners were crying out, people from other regions felt they were just making noise and ignored them; same thing happened in the southsouth and middle belt. No amount of natural resource is as important as a human life. We need to stop all these ethnicity, religiosity and come together as one, not minding tribe or religion. It is only then that we can have one voice and force the government to do what they are supposed to do, take action.”

Also reiterating Dr Obi’s stand, the executive director, Enough Is Enough Nigeria, ‘Yemi Adamolekun, said, “Enough is enough of the various killings happening all over Nigeria. The silence of our government is too loud. They are just observing and doing nothing and that is not how it is supposed to be. It is not right for someone to just walk into any church or mosque, shoot and kill people and just stroll away without any action being taken against the person, it is very wrong. What we want is for justice to be served against all the offenders, murderers who kill people for whatever reason, they shouldn’t be allowed to go free. Government should take action against these injustices and all the people who have lost their loved ones due to one reason or the other, should be consoled.”

Popular musician, Innocent (2face) Idibia, when speaking, corroborated what had been said earlier. He called on more people to be involved in the cry against the injustice of violent killings taking place all over the nation.

“We need to become united and raise our voices against this injustice of killings in our country. Every action or
decision being taken presently in this country is politically inclined and so, we need to come together and take our stand.”

After observing a minute of silence for the departed, the Country Director, Global Rights, Mrs Abiodun Baiyewu-Teru called for the immediate dismissal of all the service chiefs for not being efficient enough in their defense and protection of human lives and property.

“All the service chiefs should be sacked. The president should choose new people who will be ready to take action and defend the lives of all Nigerians. We are calling for government to put an end to these violent killings.”

Several wreaths were laid around the Unity Fountain, representing every person that was killed unjustly in each state of the nation.