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Group holds `1,000 Walk for Social Justice’ in Nigeria

A Civil Society group, “The Counsellor Organisation’’ on Saturday held a 1,000 Walk for Social Justice to educate Nigerians on what they should expect from government as tax payers.

Journalists report that the activists, who converged at Ikeja under bridge, trekked through Allen Avenue to Ogba.

Members of the group carried placards with different inscriptions like “give everyone equal justice and equal rights, there will be peace’’; and “the provision of basic amenities to tax payers is a must, not a privilege’’,

Other inscription on placard was“Education is best tool to fight terrorism’’, among others.

The Convener and Founder of the group, Mrs Angela Uyi, called on government at all levels to provide sustainable job opportunity for every citizen in the country. According to her, if this is done, it will go a long way in reducing crime.

“We are using this opportunity to empower the youth by creating sustainable employment opportunity for the youth.

“Yes we know that government is fighting crime; we support the fight but how do you succeed in the fight when the youth are not employed.

“Give the youths job and there will be less violence in the country,’’ Uyi said. She urged government to provide free education at all levels to all.

“If education is free, parents will send their children to school and that way, child labour, molestation and rape will automatically be reduced,’’ Uyi said.

She commended President Muhammadu Buhari in his anti-corruption fight.

“In as much as we support the fight 100 per cent, I plead that it should not be selective,’’ Uyi said.

She also commended Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode for ensuring that the roads in the state were good for motorist to ply. He urged the governor to do more.

Newsmen report that every Feb. 20 is World Day of Social Justice as established by the UN General Assembly in 2007.

The day recognises that social development and social justice are indispensable to achieve and maintenance peace and security within and among nations.

That social development and social justice cannot be attained in the absence of peace and security or in the absence of respect for all human rights and fundamental freedom.


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