Global Condemnations Trail Shootings, Rights Violations
Hundreds of people took to the streets in South Africa last Wednesday over the shooting of protestors on Tuesday night.
The demonstrators draped in the national flag of Nigeria and chanting liberation slogans marched to Abuja’s embassy in Pretoria carrying banners reading “End police brutality”.
Another group of about 400 people in Cape Town, mostly Nigerian nationals, vowed to continue picketing until there was change in Nigeria.
Well-known South African rap star AKA voiced solidarity with the people of Nigeria, saying: “How can people shoot to KILL their own countrymen and women?”
South African opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), pledged its “moral and political solidarity” with Nigerians and called on the government to rein in its army and security services.
“The EFF salutes the young lions of Nigeria in their resolve to graduate their successful fight against police brutality under the banner of #ENDSARS,” it said in a statement.
Both groups called on the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States to send a strong message to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately end crackdown on protesters.
The United States of America’s Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has demanded the prosecution of those involved in the shooting of unarmed protesters at the Lekki toll plaza.
Secretary Mike Pompeo, in a tweet, said the United States strongly condemns the incidents of military forces firing on unarmed protestors in Lagos.
He extends his condolences to the victims of the violence and their families and demands that those involved should be held to account under the law.
Also, former vice president of the United States of America, candidate of the Democratic Party for next month’s presidential election, Joe Biden, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to stop using the military against peaceful protesters.
Biden, also called on the United States government to stand with Nigerians.
He said, “I urge President Buhari and the Nigerian military to cease the violent crackdown on protesters in Nigeria, which has already resulted in several deaths. My heart goes out to all those who have lost a loved one in the violence.”
“The United States must stand with Nigerians who are peacefully demonstrating for police reform and seeking an end to corruption in their democracy. I encourage the government to engage in a good-faith dialogue with civil society to address these long-standing grievances and work together for a more just and inclusive Nigeria”, his statement read.
United Nations (UN) has condemned the military attacks on youths protesting police brutality in Nigeria, urging an immediate end.
It enjoined the Federal Government to respect peaceful protests and freedom of assembly nationwide.
The global agency made its position known via separate statements by the SecretaryGeneral, António Guterres and his deputy, Amina Mohammed.
A release issued by his spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, called on the security forces to exercise maximum restraint in the policing of the demonstrations.
According to Guterres, UN has been following the protests from the onset. He pledged the readiness of his organisation to support the most populous black nation in addressing the issue at hand.
On her part, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, who called for a cessation to human rights violations in the country, said: “I join the UNSG in stressing the importance of respect for peaceful protests and freedom of assembly, and call on the security forces to exercise maximum restraint.”
The European Union and the Swedish Embassy in Nigeria have condemned the killing of the campaigners.
A statement by the High Representative/Vice President of the EU, Josep Borrell, sought arrest and trial of the perpetrators.
He stressed that it was important for the current administration to deliver on its promised reforms.