#FixPolitics has said it remembered, with lingering sadness, scores of Nigerian citizens killed during the #EndSARS peaceful protests last year.
The group disclosed this in a statement, on Thursday, signed by its Executive Director, Anthony Ubani.
It said, “On this sombre first anniversary of the #EndSARS protests, we honour the memory of those citizens who lost their lives in the patriotic process of peacefully protesting against social injustice and an end to police brutality.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who lost loved ones. Their deaths will not be in vain, as we continue to work and pray for the emergence of a new Nigeria where righteousness and justice prevail.”
According to #FixPolitics, a citizens-led, research-based movement designed to structurally change and innovate politics in Africa, October 20, 2020 is a day that will forever live in infamy in the history of Nigeria and in the minds of her citizens.
“As Nigerians, our shared shock and horror at the bloody events of October 20, 2020 should not only strengthen the human chords of compassion for the suffering of our fellow Nigerians, but should, more importantly, lead us collectively to reaffirm our resolve to accentuate our demands for good governance and social justice.
“It is instructive to note that one year after the #EndSARS protests, none of the socio-economic maladies in our polity, which compelled our youths to launch the peaceful protests have been decisively addressed. Instead, in a rather disturbing, insensitive and stone deaf development on the eve of the first anniversary of the #EndSARS protests, citizens were treated to the horrific scene of a police officer extorting and brutalising innocent citizens in Kogi State,” part of the statement read.
It added that #FixPolitics would continue to advocate for the single amendment to the 1999 Constitution to allow for a referendum.
“This is a critical first step towards empowering and giving a voice to Nigerian citizens – the voice, which was denied the #EndSARS protesters. We will never forget what happened on October 20, 2020 in Nigeria.”
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