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

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

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



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

The civil societies are: Centre for Kids’s Well being Training, Orientation and Safety (CEE-Hope), Heart for Dignity, Centre for Human and Socio-Financial Rights (CHSR), Centre for Social Change and Citizenship Training,(CENSOCHANGE), Neighborhood, Ladies Initiatives (CWI), Company Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA), Training Rights Marketing campaign
Environmental Rights Motion/Buddies of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), Grassroots Democratic Initiatives (GDI), World Rights Well being of Mom Earth Basis (HoMEF), and the Assist Initiative for Social Justice & Humanitarian Growth, Joint, Motion Entrance (JAF). 

Others have been; Journalist Initiative for Sustainable Growth Justice, Growth & Peace Fee (JDPC), Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Peace and Growth Mission (PEDEP). 
The petition was addressed to the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa. 

The petition reads, “The Nationwide 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 via accountable governance. 

“Maintain 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 one among their most sacred obligation underneath the Nigerian structure. 

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

“Specific 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’re on this collectively and that the workplace of the citizen is essentially the most highly effective workplace that may be occupied on this nation.” 

The NLC and the civil societies acknowledged that in 2020, Nigeria misplaced 4, 556 individuals to killings as in opposition to at the least 3, 188 in 2019. 

“Our prayers are that there must be an emergency session on the Lagos State Home of Meeting 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 provide you with a unified place on the state of safety in Nigeria. Begin 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 sentiments and frustrations of Nigerians to Mr. President being the chief safety officer of the nation, with a view to arising with a holistic resolution to the issue.

“Additionally, finish all anti-poor insurance policies and droop any plans to introduce new anti-people insurance policies like gasoline 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 authorities to take pressing however people-friendly and rights-sensitive measures to make sure that our individuals are protected, and the threats posed by the vested curiosity of enemies of the individuals are adequately addressed.”

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