Over 4,500 Nigerians Already Killed In 2021 By Bandits, Others—NLC, Civil Societies Say On National Mourning Day

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and a coalition of civil society organisations have decried the continued and growing violent killings nationwide. 

They stated over 4, 500 residents have been killed in 2020 alone and {that a} worse episode continues to be being unveiled in 2021. 


Over 4,500 Nigerians Already Killed In 2021 By Bandits, Others—NLC, Civil Societies Say On National Mourning Day 2

The NLC and civil societies organisations in a petition collectively signed and despatched to the Lagos State House of Assembly, which was obtained by SaharaReporters, demanded that the federal government of Lagos and the Federal Government should take decisive actions to finish the extrajudicial and violent killings throughout the nation. 

The civil societies are: Centre for Children’s Health Education, Orientation and Protection (CEE-Hope), Center for Dignity, Centre for Human and Socio-Economic Rights (CHSR), Centre for Social Change and Citizenship Education,(CENSOCHANGE), Community, Women Initiatives (CWI), Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA), Education Rights Campaign

Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), Grassroots Democratic Initiatives (GDI), Global Rights Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HoMEF), and the Help Initiative for Social Justice & Humanitarian Development, Joint, Action Front (JAF). 

Others have been; Journalist Initiative for Sustainable Development Justice, Development & Peace Commission (JDPC), Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Peace and Development Project (PEDEP). 

The petition was addressed to the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa. 

The petition reads, “The National Day of Mourning (NDoM) is a citizens-led initiative that’s mourning victims of violent killings throughout Nigeria and is on the fore of calls for for accountability for the safety and welfare of all Nigerian residents. 

“The conveners of the NDoM search the next, to stir the conscience of the political class into growing the political will to guard our commonwealth by means of accountable governance. 

“Hold President Buhari’s authorities and governments within the 36 states and Abuja liable for the worsening insecurity disaster and remind them that safety of lives and property is considered one of their most sacred obligation beneath the Nigerian structure. 

“Demand an finish to all anti-people and anti-poor insurance policies like privatisation, elimination of subsidy and improve in gas worth and electrical energy tariff, privatisation of water and different fundamental providers, ‘downsizing’ and mass sacking, underfunding of training and healthcare all of which represent set off elements for insecurity, crime, violence and disaster;

“Express solidarity with grieving communities throughout the nation as we acknowledge and accord dignity to each single Nigerian life that has been misplaced, or disrupted, as a result of violent crises.

“Rekindle our sense of nationhood by reminding ourselves that we are in this together and that the office of the citizen is the most powerful office that can be occupied in this country.” 

The NLC and the civil societies acknowledged that in 2020, Nigeria misplaced 4, 556 individuals to killings as in opposition to not less than 3, 188 in 2019. 

“Our prayers are that there ought to be an emergency session on the Lagos State House of Assembly on the state of safety within the nation because it impacts the South-West and notably Lagos.

“Two, maintain a joint session with federal representatives from Lagos to give you a unified place on the state of safety in Nigeria. Commence residents’ engagement together with townhall conferences on particular safety challenges in your respective constituencies with a view to arriving at workable and inclusive options. 

“Three, convey the emotions and frustrations of Nigerians to Mr. President being the chief safety officer of the nation, with a view to arising with a holistic answer to the issue.

“Also, finish all anti-poor insurance policies and droop any plans to introduce new anti-people insurance policies like gas worth hike and electrical energy tariff hike that might worsen the plight of Nigerians majority of whom are already wallowing in poverty and hopelessness. 

“We urge the Lagos State government to take urgent but people-friendly and rights-sensitive measures to ensure that our people are safe, and the threats posed by the vested interest of enemies of the people are adequately addressed.”

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