Former minister of education, Dr Oby Ezekwesili,l and popular musician, Innocent Idibia (2face) were among several prominent Nigerians and human rights organisations who gathered at the Unity Fountain, Abuja Monday to mourn victims of violent killings in the country.
At the event organised by non-governmental organisations, including Global Rights and Enough is Enough Nigeria, they called on government to halt the violent killings in Nigeria, prosecute the perpetrators and sack the service chiefs for incompetence.
While speaking, Dr Ezekwesili said, “All these incessant killings must stop. No amount of natural resources 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 Ezekwesili’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. What we want is for justice to be served against all the offenders; and people who have lost their loved ones should be consoled.” On his part, Idibia 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 silence for the departed, the country director, Global Rights, Mrs Abiodun Baiyewu-Teru called for the immediate dismissal of all the service chiefs for their inefficiency and inability to protect 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 bouquets of flowers were laid around the Unity Fountain, representing every person that was killed unjustly in each state of the nation.