IMN protest: PDP laments violence, killings

July 23rd, 2019

…Condoles with NYSC, Channels TV

By Myke Uzendu, Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lamented the death of innocent Nigerians in an avoidable and preventable skirmishes between the police and protesters of the Islamic movement of Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shi’ites in Abuja on Monday.

Several Nigerians including a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Usman Umar, Channels Television reporter, Precious Owolabi were killed during a IMN protest that turned bloody with the Nigerian police on Monday in Abuja.

A Federal High Court in a ruling by Justice Gabriel Kolawole had ordered the release of the Islamic leader who has been under detention since 2015 but the Federal government refused to obey the court order, describing the IMN leader Ibrahim Yaqoub El Zakzaky and wife as security risk.

The PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan on Tuesday stated that the party is heartbroken over the misrule of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration which according to PDP has gradually turned various parts of the country into arenas of violence and bloodletting.

According to him, “Our party is particularly saddened by the death of an innocent National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, attached to the Channels TV, 23 years old Mr. Precious Owolabi, who was shot during the Monday bloody clash between the police and protesters in Abuja.

“Indeed, our hearts reach out to his family at this moment of grief.

“The killing of Mr. Owolabi, as well as the avoidable deaths of other compatriots, including a Deputy Commissioner of Police, is indeed another sad commentary on the irreplaceable losses and anguish families in Nigeria have continued to bear under the APC”.

The PDP stressed that President Buhari has not demonstrated enough capacity and commitment to effectively manage national affairs and put measures in place to ensure a stable, united, equitable and secured Nigeria. He explained that the APC has shown that it is completely unpatriotic and only out to destabilize the nation.

The PDP called on Nigerians of good faith to explore necessary avenues available in a democracy and the 1999 Constitution (as amended) to raise a voice of lamentation on the state of our nation under the APC.

“Certainly, no nation can thrive under an atmosphere of persistent violence, bloodletting and siege mentality on the citizenry” he said.

He maintained that had President Buhari given the slightest consideration to the continuous wise counsel by well-meaning Nigerian leaders, including former presidents, as well as international bodies, the security challenges confronting the nation would have been reduced to the barest minimum.

The party charged President Buhari to listen to the voice of reason and take immediate steps that would put to an end the violence ravaging, end all its anti-people tendencies and all acts that promote impunity and lawlessness in the country.

They called on the National Assembly, as true representatives of the people, to immediately rise to the occasion by taking urgent legislatives steps to unravel how the Monday protest led to the death numerous number of Nigerians.

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