Femi Falana (SAN), Seun Kuti, Falz and other human right activists have led an alliance to demand positive changes to the alarming rate of insecurity and poverty level across the country.
On Monday, the alliance was at the Lagos State House of Assembly in Alausa to protest the negligence portrayed by the ruling class in securing the lives and properties of the masses.
They said the incompetence has brought the nation to the brink of a major catastrophe. In the statement addressed to the Office of the Lagos state governor, they said insecurity and mass poverty are at their highest in history.
“We are today, as a nation and people confronted with the twin crises of insecurity as well as mass poverty and misery, both of which have reached pandemic proportions. No single part of the country is safe.”
“It is not a coincidence that mass poverty, mass misery, joblessness, the collapse of means of livelihood, lack of opportunities, homelessness, the collapse of basic social services and increased cost of education, health, housing etc; rising energy costs- fuel and electricity, and intensification in the scope and degree of violent crimes and insecurity are currently at their highest levels in our history.”
The statement further urged the country’s ruling class to convene the Nigeria Economic Council and the Nigeria Police Council to discuss the current situation in the country. It also demanded an upgrade to the policing agencies and an end to harsh economic policies.
Mr Falana said the National Day of Action is a clarion call to both government and the masses to take their place on the pedestal of history.
He said: “This is not only to make demands on the state and the current regime; it is also to enable the working people and labouring masses, impoverished by the anti-people policies and governance, and victims of incompetence and governance failure, who bear the brunt of the consequences of insecurity; to come together, agitate, make their demands, and assert our right to live in dignity, comfort, free from fear and want, and able to act in our interests.”
The coordinator of the campaign, Achike Chude, noted that the outing was organised to ensure that the demands made in the statement are met by the government. He further urged all Nigerians to mobilise towards the success of the campaign.
The Majority Leader of the House, Sanai Agunbiade, at the campaign shared in their worries and fears for the country. He said they are concerned about the unpleasant situation of the country. He assured them that a special session will be held in the House on the security situation and the leadership of the protest organizers will be invited.
Other alliances at the protest included TPAP-M, Labour Movement, ASCAB, JAF, CNG, GAN, HEDA Resources Centre, JDPC, SWL, CDHR, varied youth organisations across the country among several others.
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