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Letter of the Day | Stop the bloodshed in Nigeria

Published:Friday | October 23, 2020 | 12:06 AM
Alister, a protester who says his brother Emeka died from a stray bullet from the Army, reacts while speaking to Associated Press near Lekki toll gate in Lagos, Nigeria.
Alister, a protester who says his brother Emeka died from a stray bullet from the Army, reacts while speaking to Associated Press near Lekki toll gate in Lagos, Nigeria.

THE EDITOR, Madam:

It is highly shocking and disturbing to think of lives recently lost in Nigeria when the unarmed civilian protesters in Lagos were shot by the army. It is disheartening that the soldiers fired live ammunition at the protesters, according to the witnesses, another excessive use of force, once witnessed in Zimbabwe in 2018 elections. As citizens of Nigeria, the protesters were demonstrating against the SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) alleged brutality and inhuman or degrading treatment that citizens were being subjected to.

It is more devastating that the authorities are denying the reports and dismissing the incident as “fake news”. Those responsible for this need to be brought to book as this brutality is preventing citizens from exercising their rights and the accused are getting away with murder. There is no space for inhumanity and brutality in the 21st century. International pressure needs to be mounted to help the citizens of Nigeria to get justice.

I am devastated.

ESTHER TAFADZWA MUNYIRA

Human rights activist

Middlesbrough

esthermvemve@gmail.com