Imumolen to youths: Don’t let Lekki massacre victims’ deaths be in vain
Accord presidential candidate, Professor Christopher Imumolen has advised Nigerian youths not to allow the deaths of those who died during the October 20, 2020 #EndSARS Lekki Tollgate Plaza massacre to be in vain.
Last Thursday marked the second year anniversary of the sad event, with symbolic gestures such as peaceful marches, speeches, and laying of wreaths staged as a memorial to all those who were killed by state security forces on that Black Tuesday.
Although the Nigerian government has continued to deny complicity in the shooting of the peaceful protesters, the yearly ritual of remembering those killed at the Lekki tollgate has gained more ground amongst a section of the country’s youth, as they try to preserve the legacy and significance of that fateful day.
Imumolen, who at 39 is the youngest presidential candidate in the 2023 election, is also one amongst these upwardly mobile celebrity youths who are determined not to let the day pass without making their views known on the matter.
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In a statement credited to him, Imumolen advised young Nigerians not to allow the deaths of the Lekki tollgate “heroes” to be in vain, adding that the biggest honour the country’s young population can bestow on their dead countrymen and countrywomen is to continue to uphold the very tenets of the struggle that ultimately cost them their lives.
Failure to do so, according to Imumolen, who has two professorial degrees in separate disciplines, would amount to their deaths being meaningless.
One way Imumolen recommends Nigerian youths can honour those who were murdered on October 20, 2020 is to ensure that they adopt and vote in a young candidate into office as Nigeria’s president in next year’s general elections, as, in his opinion, only a candidate who is truly a youth will be better placed to help them actualise their deepest desires and aspirations in today’s Nigeria.
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“If only the victims of the Lekki massacre knew some of you would move on so fast and start campaigning for the same bad government, they’d have stayed at home,” he said.
“Fighting in ignorance is likened to setting self on fire to create illumination for the blind,” added Imumolen who called on the country’s youths to rise to the challenge by actively taking part in the process that would usher in a new generation of leaders with the requisite capacity and knowledge to reposition Nigeria on the path of sustainable growth and development.
“Nigerians, let’s fight for Nigeria and be free forever,” he said. “The assurance of the prosperity we all seek for our dear nation is not only in the collective sacrifice we make today, but in the rejection of the old order through the ballot.
“We must do what Jerry Rawlings did in Ghana, but this time, not with guns but with our voter’s cards to sanitise the system and usher in a glorious era of peace, love, prosperity and harmony,” he further said.