By Omuboye Sukubo
Port Harcourt, Oct. 22, 2020 The Citizens Quest for Truth Initiative, an NGO, has vehemently condemned the shooting of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos on Oct. 20.
The group condemned the act on Thursday in Port Harcourt in a statement by Chief Obiaruko Ndukwe and Francis Ndimkoha,its National President and Publicity Secretary respectively.
It said that the ugly incident was regrettable and totally against every known tenet of democracy.
It said that as an accountability advocacy group, Citizens Quest believed in the inalienable right of the people to hold government accountable to its promises as well the democratic dividends expected of it.
“It is therefore heartrending that live ammunition takes the place of diplomatic approaches to stop the protest: So, we call on the President to quickly address the country on the state of the nation.
“We commiserate with the families of the victims and urge government to provide compensation for victims where necessary.
“We also condemn in strong terms all emissaries of rift, who sit in the comfort of their homes, both in Nigeria and in the Diaspora, to fuel the tension in the land.
“…through inciting updates and comments of social media, urging unsuspecting citizens to confront armed men,” it said.
According to the group, evidences abound that many young people are riding on the funding they get from agents of distabilisation.
“So, they would rather remain in the street, rather than give the government a chance to look into their demands as already promised.
“We affirm that outcry of citizens over Police brutality is valid and having expressed same in strong terms, it is pertinent to allow the government to address the issues,” it added.
The group said that a peaceful and developed Nigeria where human right is protected and upheld was the pride of all.
“May the Labour of our heroes past not be in vain,” the group said.