In solemnization of National Day of Mourning, the Joint Action Civil Society Coalition in Ogun State has protested against insecurity overwhelming on the lives and properties of the Nigerians.
PLATFORM TIMES reports that every May 28 has been marked in remembrance of the people who had lost their lives to kidnappings, banditry, terrorism and other mishaps.
The Civil Society, dressed in black attires which has the inscription of “NIGERIA BLEEDS”, on Friday, staged a rally at the NUJ Secretariat, Iwe-royin, Abeokuta.
The protest was themed:”NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING AND REMEMBRANCE FOR ALL VICTIMS OF VIOLENT KILLINGS IN NIGERIA, 2021″.
The Civil Societies therefore called on the Federal Government and other levels of government to wake up in performing their constitutional duties, which among others is to protect the lives and properties of its citizens.
Addressing Press Conference, the Civil Society legal practitioner, Barrister Kayode Adeyemi said the situation of insecurity has claimed numerous citizens ‘ ives and properties, lamenting that the land is not safe for the citizens.
Barr Adeyemi noted that the reason for the protest “is a need for citizens to rise by way of putting government to his toes, and to rise up and do more as regard securing the lives and properties of citizens”.
He said, “Of course, needless to say, looking across the country from kidnappings to murder, to ransom paying in some instances;to banditry to terrorism, so hardly can we find any safe haven anywhere across the country. So there is a need for citizens to rise by way of putting government to his toes to rise up and do more as regard securing the lives and properties of citizens”.
The Barrister added that the constitution compulsory the government to ensure the citizens are in peace in the country.
“And by chapter 2 of the Constitution, the first and foremost responsibility of the government is to protect lives and properties of citizens. We have seen that failing over the years. And this is basically to rise up call to the government back to its role call of duty, and to make sure this is done for all Nigerian”.
“When we say all Nigerians, we mean from the Security agencies to the Police to the Civil Defense and to all Child, Woman and Man across the country.”
Similarly, the Civil Societies also reiterated and noted that the President, General Muhammadu Buhari has failed to fulfill his promise during campaigning,as to relocate the Military Headquarters to the center of terrorist hideout, the Sambisa forest, to repel the presumable terrorist attacks.
“In addition to what has been read in the conference, when the President was coming on board, all the things that he promised publicly was for instance, to relocate the Army Headquarters or the Armed Force Headquarters to the Sambisa forest.This is about six years down the line, and it’s not done so far. Sambisa forest has co-ordinate, land lineation, and of course that remain the stronghold of terrorism in Nigeria. If for example that has been done, there must have been a designation to terrorism and make terrorism abate in Nigeria”.
The Civil Societies stressed that social vices in the Nigeria society should be shun, and call for continue orientation of children before they grow wild, thereby disrupting the peace of the society.
“On social vices, family system for example are the basis or the nucleus of a country, so when the family system is in shambles, automatically, the state will be in shambles. So definitely from cradle, every child from primary and even nursery school, should be taught that violent is not the the way to go. “