The Initiative for Women’s Accelerated Development in Africa, INWOAD, has described as horrific, the killing of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll plaza Tuesday night.
Founder of INWOAD, Evelyn Onyilo in a statement sent to Frontline News Online, stressed the need to investigate the killings.
The statement read in full: “The Initiative for Women’s Accelerated Development in Africa, INWOAD received with rude shock, trepidation and horror the shooting and killing of #ENDSARS unarmed peaceful protesters at the Lekki Tollgate, Lagos, Nigeria on Tuesday 20th October 2020.
“Indeed it was a black Tuesday for all well meaning Nigerians to see their vibrant patriotic youth wasted in such a ruthless manner. INWOAD hereby vehemently condemns the brutal use of force by the military in an otherwise peaceful protest by citizens who were demanding for a better Nigeria where the rights of the people are protected.
“We mourn the untimely death of these gallant young Nigerians cut down in their prime. It is a shame on our Country and leaders as they have failed woefully to protect their own”.
Onyilo further demanded that Presidet Muhammadu Buhari addressed the nation on the killings which have been roundly condemmed.
The statement read in part: “INWOAD demands that the President Muhammadu Buhari and his high military command should immediately call its men to order by stopping further killings, maiming and harassment of Nigerians in general and our youths in particular. Enough of the bloodshed and killing of innocent citizens.
“We demand that President Muhammadu Buhari must put in place mechanisms for dialogue with the protesters; a basic principle of true democracy while adequate compensations should be made to families of those who lost their lives and those injured.
“The President should address the nation as a matter of urgency and apologise to Nigerians and indeed the world for the undemocratic and unfortunate use of force by the military of which about 49 protesters are reported to have been killed nationwide. As mothers, we are tired of losing our children. Enough is enough”.