The Chevening Alumni Association of Nigeria CAAN, has joined their voices with other well meaning Nigerians and civil society organisations to condemn in clear terms, the recent killings and shooting of unarmed and defenceless protesters during the #EndSars protests on Tuesday, 20 October 2020 at Lekki Toll gate in Lagos.
The globally recognized Alumni Association, who are beneficiaries of the British government’s prestigious Chevening scholarship, is made up of over 1,300 prominent Nigerians, said in a statement issued by the Alumni Association President, Dr. Kester Osahenye, “we thought as compatriots the dark days of deploying brute military force is over, it is inhumane, insensitive and reprehensible in a democracy to deploy military men to shoot unarmed protesters”.
The Association called on President Muhammadu Buhari to as a matter of national urgency, identify the soldiers behind the shooting of the unarmed protesters, enforce their arrests and prosecution, should also arrest and prosecute the hoodlums who also stabbed #EndSars protesters in Abuja”.
The alumni association frowned at the perceived conflicting statements from the Governor of Lagos State in his broadcast, who initially claimed “there was no fatalities”, and that the soldiers were sent by “forces beyond our direct control”.
The Alumni Association called on Governor Sanwo-Olu to publish the names of all the victims, dead or injured from the Tuesday shooting.
The Chevening Alumni Association called on the federal government to as a matter of urgency implement the “5For5” requests of the #EndSARS protesters. Compensate every family that lost a loved ones, though no amount of compensation will bring back the dead. Immortalise the names of everyone killed during this protests.
The Chevening Alumni Association of Nigeria, commended the #EndSars protesters for opening a new vista in the history of advocacy and activism in Nigeria. They called on the youths to stay away and obey the curfew imposed by different States governments, they should not allow hoodlums to hijack the protests. They should maintain peace and tranquility.
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