Raila Odinga said the police brutality and abuses that have gone on in Nigeria for the last couple of days, leading to multiple deaths and injuries of unarmed civilians are extremely worrying and unacceptable.
(The African Stand) — Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga has condemned the brutality, abuses, and killing of #ENDSARS protesters in protesting misconduct on the police unit Nigeria the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
Mr. Odinga said the police brutality and abuses that have gone on in Nigeria for the last couple of days, leading to multiple deaths and injuries of unarmed civilians are extremely worrying and unacceptable.
Raila Odinga also said there can be no excuse for that amount of brutality on unarmed civilians protesting misconduct on the part of the police.
I pass my sincere condolences to the bereaved families and wish a speedy recovery to the injured.
The brutality meted out on protesting civilians is a sad reminder of how precarious and threatened Africa’s march towards democratization, respect for rights and freedoms, and the rule of law remains. Yet it is clear that as a Continent, we won’t achieve much without strict adherence to these ideals.
Mr. Odinga said as a continent, we need to disembark from the politics of confrontation and violence and pursue restraint and engagement to resolve our differences. It is particularly incumbent on those in authority to ensure they use their positions to protect the lives, rights, and freedoms of citizens. The opposite has been the case in Nigeria.
I, therefore, wish to call upon the African Union and Nigerian authorities to investigate the violence and murders that have gone on and hold the perpetrators to account.
Africa and its institutions must stand up for and condemn the brutalization of its citizens at home with the same energy and vigour in response to the violations of its citizens abroad.
Muhammadu Buhari in a nationally televised broadcast Thursday called on youths protesting in cities throughout the country to leave the streets.
Buhari said hoodlums have hijacked the genuine and well-intended protests of some of the nation’s youth in parts of the country and destroyed public and private property.
The African Union Commission chairman on Thursday strongly condemned deadly violence in Nigeria’s biggest city Lagos and called on all parties to “privilege dialogue”.
Moussa Faki Mahamat “strongly condemns the violence that erupted on 20 October 2020 during protests in Lagos, Nigeria that has resulted in multiple deaths and injuries”, his office said in a statement distributed Thursday morning.
Amnesty International said at least 12 people were killed by the Nigerian army and police in two locations in Lagos on Tuesday in a deadly crackdown on demonstrations spurred by police brutality and deep-rooted social grievances.
At least 56 people have died across the country since the protests began on October 8, with about 38 killed nationwide on Tuesday alone, according to Amnesty.
Human Rights Watch also corroborated reports that the Nigerian army had opened fire on protesters Tuesday in “a shooting spree”.