National Day of Mourning: CSOs in Kwara seek end to incessant killings


THE Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Kwara has advocated a halt to the incessant killing of innocent lives in Nigeria.

Mr. Kareem Abdulrasaq, the Coordinator of the coalition, made the call in a statement on Thursday in Ilorin to mark the 2020 National Day of Mourning and Remembrance (NDoM).

Abdulrasaq urged the government at all levels to stop politicising the problem of killing and bring an end to the menace.

He said that the day was as a result of resolutions reached by civil society actors on April 30, 2018, in Abuja.

According to him, the meeting is meant to undertake a National Day of Mourning as symbolic action capable of registering citizens’ dissatisfaction with the state of national security, since protests no longer seem to impact the conscience of political elites.

”Nigeria has between 2018 and now recorded about 7,904 violent killings across the country.

“Within the first quarter of 2020, 1,416 people have lost their lives as a result of cult clashes, extra judicial killings, communal clashes, pastoral conflicts, bandit, herdsmen, Boko-Haram/ISWAP, and isolated attacks.

“This shows that on average, about 38 people died in every state and the Federal Capital Territory within the period.

“While many lost their lives without just cause, others died without getting justice,” he sad.

The coordinator advocated value reorientation and sensitisation by traditional rulers, religious leaders and other stakeholders on the need for their subjects and followers to promote peaceful coexistence in the country.

“We called on the government to enhance discharge of its constitutional responsibilities of protecting the lives and properties of citizens.

“We urge the government to provide all the necessary equipment, materials and support needed by security apparatus to bring an end to the impunity.

“We appeal to security apparatus in the country to double their effort by timely responding to distress calls from communities under attack.

“We are advocating provision of relief materials for the survivors of all violent attacks and killings in Nigeria that becomes IDPs in their homeland,” Abdulrasaq said.

He further called on well-meaning Nigerians irrespective of ethnicity, religion or political affiliations to be bold and openly condemn the spate of violence, killings and insecurity in the country.

He added that representatives at State and National Assemblies would be required to take bold step and do the needful to bring an end to the merciless killings of Nigerians, if truly they are people’s representatives.

He urged the government to take security issue very seriously with prompt releases of fund.

”There is need to ensure effective supervision and oversight of all the security agencies by the relevant institutions to ensure that security of lives and property is guaranteed,” he said. (NAN)

– May 28, 2020 @ 14:25 GMT |

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