NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING – WRAPA JOINS OTHER CSOs & NIGERIANS TO PAY RESPECT TO NIGERIANS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES TO VIOLENT KILLINGS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
The Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA) joined other CSOs and Nigerians on the 28th of May, 2018, a day to Nigeria’s democracy day, in carrying out a nationwide action aimed at commemorating Nigerians who have lost their lives in violent killings across the country and to demand from the government, a safer and secure Nigeria for Nigerians to thrive.
Informing this action are statistics that depict that: “In the first quarter of 2018 alone, in Benue State, no fewer than 534 persons lost their lives to the ongoing conflict between farmers and herdsmen. In Nasarawa State, at least 131 persons were killed. In Kaduna State, over 218 persons, in Taraba, at least 189, In Lagos, at least 45, in Rivers, at least 70, in Akwa-Ibom, at least 16, in Kwara, at least 54, in Kogi, at least 52, in Plateau, at least 87, in Adamawa, at least 67, in Zamfara, at least 75, and in Borno, at least 361 persons were killed. Edo State too has had it share of this horror, and we are talking about the first quarter of 2018 only.”
Nigerian CSOs frown at this killings, most importantly, frown at the lack of visible response to these killings by the government at its federal level. The National Day of Mourning was observed by a massive number of Nigerians who took to the streets across the country to demonstrate their disappointment at the way lives are being lost in Nigeria and the lack of efficient measures by the government to ensure safety and security of its citizens.
Notably among all locations across the country where these demonstrations took place were Lagos and Abuja which had the highest turnout of citizens showing their concern for lives that are being lost to violent and senseless killings and demanding a safer and secure Nigeria for Nigerians to thrive. CSOs involved in this nationwide movement included (but were not limited to); WRAPA, Global Rights, Enough is Enough, Red Card Movement, Nigerian Human Rights Commission (NHRC), WARD C, Reclaim Naija, Social Integrated Development Centre (SocialAction), CDD West Africa among others.
Nigerian Musical sensation and icon Innocent Idibia, popularly known as “2baba” who joined the nationwide action at Unity Fountain Abuja, in his solidarity message was quoted by WRAPA as saying “Anyhow e be we no go keep quiet, we must talk about it and hold our leaders accountable cos na emergency situation we Dey”. Other prominent CSO leaders including Oby Ezekwesili gave their solidarity messages and expressed their disappointments at the state of security in Nigeria and advocated for a safer, more secure and fairer Nigeria.
The National Day of Mourning was largely propagated in media spaces, most especially on social media with the hashtags #NigeriaMourns #NationalDayofMourning #OneDeathTooMany.