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Friday set aside to remember Rivers poll victims

25 November 2015, 10:11Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - The Patriots Alliance (TPA) has welcomed the event planned to commemorate victims of political violence preceding the controversial Rivers State governorship elections.

Events are planned for next Monday to mark the so-called Rivers Black Day.

TPA said the programme was aimed at remembering all those that were killed in cold blood during the 2015 electioneering and election day violence in Rivers State.

According to information available, 10 000 Rivers citizens and residents are expected to attend a candlelight procession and interdenominational memorial service in honour of the over 100 persons killed during political violence.

 “We are very pleased that the people of Rivers State have not forgotten so soon the mindless killings of our brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers, friends and acquaintances, on the pedestal of mundane, barbaric, and inordinate ambition of a few political desperados,” said Solomon Okocha, a TPA executive.

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Okocha said his organisation believed the panned memorial service and procession would reaffirm the right to life as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Banjul Charter) and other related international treaties.

“We also believe that it will re-awaken government's resolve at protecting the lives of her citizens at all times, irrespective of political considerations,” said Okocha.

He raised concern at the slow dispensation of justice.

“We dare say that it is indeed an indictment on Nigeria's security apparatus that up till this moment, no single person has been arrested, prosecuted, or sentenced for the unbelievable massacre that took place in Rivers State.”

He urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to renege on his earlier promise of prosecuting - the masterminds of the violations.

“Finally, we call on all those who believe in the sanctity of human life, to come out in their blackest apparels, come next week Monday, as we remember the martyrs of democracy in Rivers State,” said Okowa.

The elections catapulted the People’s Democratic Party stalwart, Nyesom Wike to power. The election tribunal has since nullified the outcome. – 

- CAJ News


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