…As Secondus decries constant invitation of Mailafia by DSS***
A non-governmental organisation, Women Arise for Change Initiative, has urged security agencies to guard against loss of lives to the forthcoming Edo and Ondo gubernatorial elections.
The group’s President, Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, said on Tuesday that perpetrators of election violence in Nigeria should be tried at the International Criminal Court.
She said in a statement issued in Lagos that such a measure would deter security forces from being used to waste innocent lives during elections.
“It is important to let all those who will carry guns during the elections know that their own lives will be on the line for every life wasted,” she said.
Okei-Odumakin expressed sadness at the loss of lives during the last election in Kogi, describing it as painful and unforgettable.
“We cannot forget so soon how innocent souls were wasted during the election.
“We still carry deep pains in our hearts about the woman who was hacked to death even after the election.
“We have had enough of beastialities,” Okei-Odumakin said.
The Edo governorship election will take place in Saturday ( Sept. 19) while Ondo gubernatorial election holds on Oct. 10.
In another development, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says the continued invitation of the former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr Obadiah Mailafia, by the Directorate of State Security Service (DSS), is as dehumanising as it is embarrassing to his person.
PDP’s National Chairman, Mr Uche Secondus, said this in a statement issued by his media aide, Mr Ike Abonyi, in Abuja on Tuesday.
Secondus said that the continuous invitation was disrespectful of Mailafia’s status and unmindful of his contributions to the development of the country.
He said that he found the continued invitation as harassment of Mailafia who served Nigeria at such a high level and urged the DSS to accommodate dissenting views on issues.
He said that the good ingredients of democracy was that citizens must be allowed to have their say on any issue.
Secondus noted that such an invitation would discourage the people from airing their views on national issues.
He however, said no amount of pressure would deter the people from expressing their feelings on national issues.