- The Secretary-General of the United Nations has finally added his voice to the ongoing violence in Nigeria.
- António Guterres called on authorities to put an end to brutality in Nigeria
- Guterres urged the security forces to act with maximum restraint at all times
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The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres has finally added his voice to ongoing violence in Nigeria.
In a report filed by Citinewsroom, he called for an end police brutality in Nigeria following 13 days of protests by citizens.
In a statement issued by his spokesperson, he condemned “the violent escalation on October 20, in Lagos which resulted in multiple deaths and caused many injuries.”
Guterres further urged the security forces in Nigeria to act with maximum restraint at all times.
He said the United Nations was ready to support Nigeria’s efforts towards finding a solution but it however encouraged its authorities to swiftly explore avenues to de-escalate the situation.
Meanwhile, in a tweet, Former US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton asked Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian army to “stop killing young #EndSARS protesters”.
The issue has also been brought up in the UK’s House of Commons by Labour MP Stephen Doughty who asked if the government will be urgently speaking with the Nigerian high commissioner.
For the past days, the youth of Nigeria, have been peacefully protesting over what they have described as harassments, armed robbery, extortion and all forms of brutality from the Nigerian Police Force.
For days unending Nigerian youth across the country and even in the diaspora believed enough was enough and began their peaceful protests.
Heart wrenching images and videos from the Lekki Toll Gate in Nigeria last Tuesday night, October 20, 2020 broke the hearts of many as fire was opened on peaceful protestors.
Unfortunately, the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who doubles as the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has been very silent on the issue.
Ghanaians on twitter however reacted wildly to the defeaning silence of President Akufo-Addo on the issue as most people expected him to speak in the capacity of the ECOWAS chair.
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