Rights activists remember Beko Ransome Kuti, urge holistic war against graft
Group seeks release of Brig-Gen Ransome Kuti, other soldiers
BURNING national issues such as the recent increase in electricity tariff, corruption and the need for the Federal Government to be sincere in the defence of human rights came to the fore at the 2016 annual remembrance of late Dr. Beko Ransome-Kuti.
The event was marked with a procession by members of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), who wore white and green shirts, carrying placards and posters, singing solidarity songs and marched from Ikeja Local Government Council along the Obafemi Awolowo Way, which terminated at the national secretariat of the CDHR at Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja.
Chairman of CDHR, Comrade Omotehinse Alex, said the occasion was an opportunity to express sincere concerns on burning national issues such as increase in electricity tariff, corruption amongst other socio-economic woes bedeviling the nation.
In a related development, another human rights group, the Beko Rights Klub, yesterday called for the immediate release and reinstatement of Brigadier-General Enitan Ransome Kuti, and other soldiers accused of mutiny and subsequently sentenced to various jail terms by a military tribunal.
Led by its convener, Comrade Debo Adeniran, the group also staged a protest to the Lagos State House of Assembly yesterday as part of activities to mark the 10th anniversary of the demise of the renowned human rights activist, Dr. Ransome Kuti, where they insisted that recent revelations in the country attested to the fact that Brigadier-General Enitan was not guilty of any act of mutiny.
The group subsequently petitioned the State House of Assembly to do all within its power to get the National Assembly to compel the Federal Government to ensure the prompt release and reinstatement of the Brigadier-General and others.