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Group urges Nigerians to boycott June 12 Democracy celebration

The Joint Action Civil Society Coalition in Ogun State has called on all Nigerians to boycott all activities set to mark this year’s Democracy Day on June 12, 2021, in their respective States.

The group made this call on Friday during a rally set to mark this year’s National Day of Mourning in remembrance of people that have lost their lives to one crisis or the other across the country.

The coordinator of the coalition group, Barr. Kayode Aderemi during an interview with journalists said the boycott should be done in protest of the deplorable state of democracy in the country.

Aderemi maintained that this should be done as a way of protesting the mass atrocities reportedly happening across the country.

He also noted that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has failed in its responsibilities of providing security for the people as enshrined in S14(2) (b) of the 1999 Constitution as the reason for their call.

Aderemi stated that in the first quarter of the year 2021, the country recorded an all-time quarterly high of almost 2,000 fatalities from mass atrocities across the country.

The lawyer also said under the Buhari’s administration, kidnapping for ransom has assumed an industrial and deadly scale never witnessed on the African Continent and that children are no longer safe in schools.

Aderemi further stated that in the country, extrajudicial killings by state security agents in various forms, inter-ethnic violence and menace of political cult gangs, ethnic militia keep contributing to the shed of innocent blood.

Aderemi called on the government at all levels to rise up to their constitutional duties to ensure the security and welfare of all Nigerians.

He noted that there is a need to pull the nation back from the path of destruction.

Aderemi also urged Buhari to end all form of power abuse and sectionalism through his appointments by balancing the need for competence with the federal character principle.

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