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…mourn 1400 Nigerians lost to violent killings in 2019
Residents of Ogun State has urged the Federal government to prioritise security issues in the country so as to end incessant killings across the country.
The residents also berated the government at the center over killings of over 1,400 Nigerians who died with impunity as a result of violent, political and extra-judicial attacks in the country.
The residents made this stance at a procession held in Abeokuta, the state capital to commemorate the National Day of Mourning and Remembrance for all victims of violent killings across Nigeria.
The residents who unanimously spoke under the umbrella of Enough is Enough begged the federal government to rise up to its responsibilities and end killings in Nigeria.
Coordinator of the group, Abiola Odetola who addressed the peaceful procession
Stated that the lingering cases of communal clashes, extra-judicial killings by the security agencies are threats to the country’s existence.
Odetola stated that the group came together to remember and also mourn the lives of Nigerians that were lost even during the last general elections.
“Here in Nigeria, we and some other organisations have decided to tag today May 28th ‘National Mourning Day,’ this is just to remember Nigerians who have died in the hands of communal clashes, extrajudicial killings by the police or military which has been happening over the years.
“The decision to make May 28th ‘National Mourning Day’ is for Nigerians to remember and mourn the lives we have lost. The idea is to remind ourselves and the government that there is a need to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians.
“As the ultimate idea of government is to protect the lives and properties of its citizen. If people cannot sleep peacefully in their homes, transact business peacefully, I think they will be no country.
“And it is important that when there is no country, they will be no leader. There will be no country for leaders to lead, so I think it should be paramount as we are going into May 29th.
“A new dispensation is about to begin, there is a need for the government to prioritise the issue of security and make sure Nigerians can move freely with the belief that in their own territory their lives are secured and they have peace,” Odetola said.