Nigeria: Commonwealth secretary General condemns violence

Commonwealth Secretary General, Patricia Scotland [photo: The commonwealth]

The Commonwealth Secretary General, Patricia Scotland, has condemned the violence in Nigeria and said those responsible for what she called “cowardly acts” must be held accountable.

Lady Scotland said she was following with “deep concern” reports of attacks on demonstrators in the commercial hub of Lagos and other parts of Nigeria.

In a statement she says The right to peaceful demonstrations and freedom of assembly are constitutionally protected rights and should be respected by all at all times.

She said in a statement, “The Commonwealth strongly condemns the escalation of violence resulting in deaths in Lekki district in Lagos and other parts of Nigeria. The right to peaceful demonstrations and freedom of assembly are constitutionally protected rights and should be respected by all at all times. The perpetrators of these cowardly acts must be held accountable in accordance with the law.

Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has also promised to look into the matter. He promised justice to all demonstrators who were injured and killed during a protest on Tuesday in the commercial hub of Lagos.

In a series of tweets, he said, “The pain of these terrible events is palpable in our towns and cities, and some losses are irreplaceable, but we can and will get justice for all of them.

Authorities has promised an investigation on the events of the protest with Scotland strongly suggesting that all the findings of the investigation be made public. “We note that an investigation has been ordered into these egregious human rights violations. Any investigation should be prompt and impartial, and the findings made public. We encourage a lasting solution that places the interests of all Nigerians above all other considerations.”

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