Coalition of civil society organisations today marched through the streets of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital to join others across states of the federation in the call for an urgent review of the country’s security apparatus and immediate replacement of all service chiefs.
They are also calling for the documentation of the death as well as a social security for victims including the physically challenged, orphans and other socially vulnerable citizens.The CSOs during the solemn march to mark the National Day of Mourning and Remembrance, NDOM, marched from Post Office, State Library road before culminating it at the Ministry of Justice.
The State Coordinator, National Human Right Commission, NHRC, while speaking with RoyalFM News, Olaoye Jumoke, emphasized the need for relevant agencies to work in unison towards enforcing the law and ensuring that the right of all citizens are protected. One of the physically challenged, Jawodo Ramat Ejide, lamented the high rate of extra-judicial killings, kidnappings, banditry and attacks across the nation, calling for a decisive end to the insecurity.
Kwara State Coordinator for this year’s, National Day of Mourning and Remembrance, Kareem Abdulrasaq, said the event, a citizen-led initiative is to register the citizens’ disaffection with the state of the nation’s security, express solidarity with grieving communities, demand accountability for the security and welfare of citizens and rekindle sense of nationhood.
The participants at the ministry of justice, sang sober and protest songs, submitted a protest letter and observed a minute silence in honour of the departed souls.