By LAJA THOMAS
ONE year after the brutal murder of 10 corps members in Giade, Bauchi State during the April 2011 general elections, families and friends of the victims, yesterday asked the Federal Government to bring perpetrators of the dastardly act and their sponsors to book.
They also demanded that the change which President Good Luck Jonathan represented should be reflected in every sector of the Nigerian polity. These were the statements of families and friends of Late Ikechukwu Ukeoma, one of the slain corps member and the other nine, during a briefing to mark their one year anniversary in Lagos.
According to their spokesman, Pastor Ike Onourah, “it has been one year of unquantified grief and pain and we are yet to come to terms with our loss, it has also been a whole year of deep reflections on what out dear Ikechukwu Ukeoma and his fellow departed corp members stood for.
It has been one year of utter dismay at how the issues that rose up as a result of their murder have been silently swept under the carpet and it has been one year of constantly hearing the blood of these slain young men cry out for change while the same people they laid down their lives for make us belief today that this change is a mirage.
“As we stated earlier, the blood of Ikechukwu and his friends still cry out today for the change which they passionately believed that our dear President Good Luck Jonathan represented. A departure from the old way of doing things, a stop to economic deterioration and decay, job creation, change in the power sector, healthcare delivery, change in corruption which has become the bane of our society, change in infrastructural development”.