Kogi women continue protest against proliferation of guns
• Youth Party condemns postponement
Market women at Ihima in Kogi Central Senatorial district yesterday continued their protests against massive deployment of guns to arm youths ahead of the general elections.
The protests, which started on Saturday shortly after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the postponement of the Presidential and National Assembly elections, took new dimension yesterday as the Central Market in Ihima was closed to draw government’s attention to their demands.
Among other demands, the women said that there were too many arms and ammunitions in possession of thugs and therefore, demanded that the government takes proactive measures to withdraw the weapons before elections day.
Spokesperson of the women, Safiya Usman said the protest was aimed at drawing Governor Yahaya Bello’s attention to urgently mop up and retrieve all guns and other dangerous weapons in the hands of political thugs.
Meanwhile, the Youth Party has condemned last Saturday’s postponement of Presidential and National Assembly elections, as well as gubernatorial and states Assembly elections.
A statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Ms. Ilamosi Ekenimoh, read: “It is with deep disappointment that we acknowledge the news of INEC’s postponement of the elections to Saturday, February 23 and Saturday, March 9, 2019.
“Indeed, it is an unfortunate development. We do not welcome the postponement of an election that has been planned for approximately four years, hours to commencement of voting.
“Due to this unfortunate disappointment, the lives and businesses of hardworking Nigerians have been disrupted. As a nation, we have incurred losses and costs, which would have been entirely avoidable.”