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Group decries killings, insecurity in Nigeria, plans ‘walk for peace’


Youth Co-ordinator, Builders of New Nigeria (BNN), Chidi Odinawa (left); Welfare Co-ordinator, BNN, Omole Abosede; National Co-ordinator, Yinka Quadri and Media Co-ordinator, Ranti Thomas, during their visit to The Guardian Rutam House in Lagos.

A non-Partisan group, under the aegis of Builders of New Nigeria (BNN), has said that the rising spate of killings and massacre of Nigerians, as well as growing level of insecurity across the nation, may hinder the peaceful conduct of a free, fair and credible general election next year.

The group, which stated this during a visit to Rutam House of Guardian Newspapers Limited in Lagos, disclosed her plan to lead a peaceful walk in conjunction with International Organisation for Peace Building and Social Justice (IOPBSJ), tagged “Walk for Peace” on Thursday, November 29, 2018 to draw the attention of the Nigerian populace to the outrageous killings going on in the country, and make move to end them.

According to it, the constant deaths threatening the survival of the country are already building tension and causing apathy among Nigerian electorate, urging the Federal Government and all critical stakeholders to do everything within their capacity to stop the killings.

National Co-ordinator of the group, Yinka Quadri, said: “Nigerians can no longer sit and watch helplessly while fellow citizens are being butchered and massacred like animals on their own land.

“Nigeria is currently and practically in danger and so is safety, and this has implication for the security and stability of the people and the economy, especially with the nearness of the 2019 general elections. The frontier of violence has been opened and sustained in two areas of the North-East and the Middle Belt regions of the country for close to two decades and this has put a large number of Nigerian people under untold hardship as lives and property are lost with impunity.

“There have also been persistent unrest in other parts of the country as well as, indeed, no region of the country has been spared the horrors of blood-letting. The assailants seem to be getting bolder, stronger and more brazen by the day after each attack. The scope of these protracted attacks are expanding and the consequential losses are beyond anyone’s imagination. If we keep pretending they don’t matter, we would wake up one day to realise that we no longer have one peaceful Nigeria our dream.”

He, therefore, called on all Nigerians to be involved in the process of the resolution of the crisis, adding that the people cannot continue to live in the hands of government alone or continue to pretend like it doesn’t bother all.

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