Group Condemns Attack on Peter Obi Supporters in Lagos by Alleged APC Thugs
A group of Nigerian citizens and civil society organizations has condemned the attack on the supporters of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the 2019 presidential election, Peter Obi, by alleged All Progressive Congress (APC) thugs.
The attack which took place on Sunday, February 10th, 2019 in Lagos left many people injured. It also caused damage to property, cars and motorcycles.
The group said, “We are appalled by the violent attack on the supporters of Peter Obi in Lagos. This is an unacceptable act of vandalism and a violation of the fundamental human rights of the Nigerian people. We strongly condemn this cowardly attack and demand that those responsible be brought to justice.”
The group also called on the government and security agencies to investigate the incident and take necessary measures to protect the rights of the people of Nigeria.
The group made the following recommendations in order to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future:
- Strengthen security measures: The government should strengthen security measures in order to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future. This includes increasing police presence at political rallies and campaigns and introducing stricter penalties for perpetrators of these acts.
- Promote peaceful campaigning: Political parties should promote peaceful campaigning and discourage the use of violence and intimidation.
- Uphold the rule of law:The government should uphold the rule of law and ensure that perpetrators of these acts are brought to justice.
The group also urged Nigerian citizens to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the authorities.
The attack on Peter Obi supporters in Lagos, Nigeria, by alleged All Progressives Congress (APC) thugs, has been roundly condemned. The attack occurred on Wednesday, November 18th, during a rally for Obi, the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 gubernatorial election in Anambra state in south-eastern Nigeria.
Eyewitnesses reported that over 50 APC thugs descended on the Obi and PDP supporters, unleashing violent attacks including physical assault and destroying of personal property. Obi has since denounced the attack, saying that “such acts of lawlessness by misguided youths, undermining the peace and unity of our country, will not be tolerated.”
Obi’s supporters and leaders of PDP have strongly condemned the attack. The Vice Chairman of the Anambra chapter of PDP, Festus Uzor, said “The attack is cowardly, barbaric and completely unacceptable. We call on the Nigerian police and other law enforcement agencies to take swift action and apprehend the culprits.”
The Civil Rights Council of Nigeria (CRNC), a coalition of civil society activists and organization, has also denounced the attack. CRNC national coordinator, Mr. Kenneth Akamani, said “This attack is contrary to the tenets of democracy and the rule of law. It is important for the political parties involved to remind their supporters to conduct their activities peacefully and in line with the laws of the land.”
The attack on Peter Obi supporters in Lagos serves as a stark reminder of the need for all political players to “play the game” according to the rules. The blight of political violence and thuggery has marred many political campaigns in Nigeria and other parts of the world and must be discouraged at all times.