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
“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