By Simon Ebegbulem
A Coalition of civil society organizations in Edo state, under the aegis of the Committee for the Protection of Endangered Nigerians (CPEN), have condemned what it described as the extra-judicial killing of over 40 Nigerians so far by the Libyan government and called for the immediate resignation of President Muamar Ghadaffi as the chairman of the African Union.
They also called on all Libyans residing in Nigeria to leave with 48 hours, just as it called on Nigerians, Africans and all those that believed in the rule of law all over the world to denounce what it described as Ghadaffiâ€™s barbarism and stage protests in front of Libyan embassies all over the world.
Addressing newsmen at the NUJ secretariat in Benin City yesterday, the Coalition led by the Edo state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr Osagie Obayuwana, they queried the offences committed by Nigerians in Libya, asserting that what ever their offence could be, they should have been tried in a proper court of law rather then be subjected to torture and eventual death.
The addressed was signed by 12 civil society organizations including the Citizens Rights Center , Ministry of Justice, Benin City , One Love Foundation, Nigerians United for Democracy, Benin National Congress and Justice Development and Peace Commission.
Others included the Civil Liberty Organization (CLO), CDHR, Environmental RightsÂ Action,Labour/Civil Society Coalition, Niger Delta Equity Roundtable and Chief Nosakhare Isekhure, the Itsekhure of Benin Kingdom.
The statement demanded further that â€œwe call on the President of the Republic of Nigeria to publicly address the nation urgently on this issue. We disagree with the face saving posturing of the presidency for it further endangers the lives of our compatriots in Libya . We call for a seven day mourning and demand that all flag fly at half mast all over Nigeria.
â€œWe call on all 150 million Nigerians to be resolved that this shall never happen again and double their efforts to bring about good governance in our country. We call on the Libyan President to immediately resign his chairmanship of the African Unionâ€ it stated.