- May 28 marks the National Day of Mourning in Nigeria as the country continues to witness mounting insecurity
- Nigerians who marched across the streets and roads in major cities of the nation, demanded an end to insecurity
- The protesters also accused the federal government of not showing enough concern over the situation around the country
A total of 127 civil society groups on Friday, May 28 staged protests across Nigeria calling attention to the violence, lawlessness, and bloodletting that have taken over all parts of the country.
The groups urged the presidency to provide political and moral leadership for the security crisis and ensure governmental actions are humane in tandem with section 17 (2)(C) of the Nigerian Constitution.
At the protests in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja covered by Legit.ng, organisers of the processions, Joint Action Civil Society Coalition, called on the government to act fast.
Part of a statement read at the event noted that:
“President Buhari remains indifferent to the growing toll of massacres, industrial-scale abductions, and lawless abuse of Nigerians all over the country.
“This week alone over 130 people were massacred in two separate incidents in Benue and Plateau states, without drawing a response from the president. It continues to appear as if the president is both indifferent to the suffering of Nigerians and unwilling to provide leadership in addressing it.”
The groups lamented over the incessant killing of security officers across the country, stressing that there is a clear absence of political will or leadership from the president to bring an end to the deadly trend.
The coalition further lamented that the surge in atrocities against women, children, learners, teachers, and the most vulnerable, noting that schools and institutions of learning have been targeted for elimination and the government appears unable and unwilling to take urgent action.
Deaths in the South
On the same day the protests were held nationwide, two Nigerian Air Force personnel attached to Air Force Regiment, Owerri, Imo state were shot dead in the state capital.
The duo had gone to a selling point around a market to buy food to eat when they were shot dead by unknown gunmen.
In the same vein, three policemen were killed in the early hours of that same day in Delta, after unknown gunmen attacked a police station in the state.
While two of the policemen died during an exchange of fire with the criminals, one of the officers whose high blood pressure was triggered during the attack later died in the hospital.