The President, Centre for Change and Women Arise, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, has stated that the prevailing spate of killings and maiming of political figures in recent times call for serious concerns, adding that the government whose primary duty is to ensure the security of lives and property of her citizens must curtail such excesses now.
“We are excruciatingly pained and greatly disappointed too that the players and circumstantial beneficiaries of the struggle for the enthronement of democratic system of government in Nigeria are not playing by the rules of democracy as obtained in developed nations of the world.
“We are equally bothered and seriously troubled with the “do or die” mindset of our politicians and followers since the emergence of Democracy in 1999. No one with human blood flowing in his/her veins will be happy to see his/her child(ren) being hit by live bullets or felled by dangerous weapons, simply because of political or ideological differences.
“The same is the feeling that is expected of a flesh hearted and responsible government from the centre of power down to the grassroots. We hereby call on the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to step up on their duty of protecting the lives and property of Nigerians through their various security agencies.
Top on the list of security agencies that is more people and community oriented, is the Nigeria Police which we expect to become more proactive in securing lives of citizens.
“We urge our security operatives to please be on the alert always, especially before, during and after the elections. We equally appeal that the perpetrators of such dastard and heinous acts are brought to book in no time. Life is sacrosanct and therefore, should be protected by those empowered by law to do so.
“Our politicians should be happy to lead the living instead of marching over the graves of the dead”, ended the foremost female activist.