NIGERIA – The Christian Lawyers Fellowship Of Nigeria, CLASFON, has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to thoroughly investigate and bring to book killers of #EndSARS protesters nationwide.
In a statement by the National Executive Council of CLASFON, Arome M. Okwori and Olatunji Omole, “The youths of Nigeria, as citizens of our nation, are entitled to the fundamental and inalienable rights to freedom of expression, assembly, and thought guaranteed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and should not be denied or hampered in any way from exercising their rights guaranteed by the Constitution, as this is the hallmark of a true democracy.”
The leadership of CLASFON condemned in totality the gruesome attacks and killings of unarmed citizens by armed men alleged to be men of the Nigerian Army and other security operatives in different parts of Nigeria, especially the brutal and violent attacks on peaceful End SARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza, Lagos on the 20th day of October 2020.
The lawyers said they shared in the grief of those who lost their loved ones, and commiserate with them and pray God to comfort and strengthen them.
The lawyers said, “We call on the Federal Government of Nigeria to swiftly investigate the above ugly incidents of unlawful brutalisation and killing of innocent citizens with a view to bringing the culprits to justice.”
The lawyers also urged the teeming youths in the country to keep calm, maintain law and order and conduct themselves peacefully as they ventilate their grievances on the current state of affairs in the nation.
The Federal Republic of Nigeria, they said, according to Section 14(1) of the Constitution “shall be a state based on principles of democracy and social justice” and called on President Muhammadu Buhari, as President of the Federation, the Head of State, the Chief Executive and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces to urgently address the demands and agitations of the youths.
This the lawyers believe could be done by putting in place appropriate implementation strategies and timelines will demonstrate sincerity on the part of the government, assuage the agonies, the grievances and well-placed demands of citizens for a better Nigeria and restore hope for a better Nigeria.