Odinkalu, Ezekwesili, Tuface Idibia participate
By Nsikan Ikpe
Ahead of Tuesday’s Democracy Day celebrations, scores of civil society activists in Nigeria and the diaspora held sit-ins and marches on Monday to mourn and vent their displeasure over the government’s poor handling of the security situation in the country.
Tagged the #NationalDayofMourning, the demonstrations took place in, among other locations, Abuja, Lagos and Pretoria.
Notable activists who participated in the process were the immediate past Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Dr. Chidi Anselm Odinkalu, former Education Minister, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili and the musician, Tuface Idibia.
The security situation in the country has been most tumultous with hundreds of deaths recorded in notably the Middle Belt, the North West and the North East of Nigeria. There have also been tragic deaths in the South East, South South, and South West.
Improving national security was a critical first-line campaign promise of the incumbent Muhammadu Buhari administration which has already clocked three years in the saddle.