A former Lagos State governorship aspirant in 2015, Mr. Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi (BOG), a Universal Institutional Reform Advocate, Mr. Segun Awosanya; the Vice Chairman, Join Action Front (JAF), Dr. Achike Chude and the National convener of the Nigerian Wailers, Prince Adelaja Adeoye and other speakers have called for peace, unity and cohesion among Nigerians as a prerequisite for greater development in the country.
The speakers also called to an end to what they described as continued violation of the fundamental human rights of citizens through what they called illegal detentions.
They gave the call during a programme organized by the group, Initiative for Conciliation and Right Protection, to discuss Nigeria’s Democracy and the State of the Nation at the conference hall, Unilag Guest house, University of Lagos, on Monday.
Speaking at the event also was the National President of the organization, Mr. Ahmad Shuaib Isa, who welcomed all participants and explained the vision and mission of the group to the audience.
The speakers also includes, Professor Isa Hassan, a professor of Building Engineering at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, who was represented by Barrister Geofery NetoChuku; and Dr. Dan Ekere who had also sent his representative. Among those who chaired the occasion, include the leader of Hausa community in Lagos.
The conference centered on human right abuses, violation of fundamental rights of citizens, flagrant disobedience to the rule of law and incessant clamp down on opposition voices.
The participants at the conference unanimously condemned the illegal detention of Sheikh Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria; his wife and followers. The forum also condemned the continued incarceration of the former national security adviser, Col. Sanbo Dasuki rtd. and others.
They delivered lengthy lectures on the dictatorial policies being implemented at the expense of millions of Nigerians.
Dr. Achike Chude called on the government to, as a matter of urgency, release Sheikh Zakzaky and said the brutal persecution of his members must be stopped.
Also speaking, Mr. Gbadamosi lamented what he described as how the imperialists have adulterated values the Hausa, Igbo and the Yoruba communities were known for. He stressed that the Western world is using the divide and rule tactics to hold Nigeria down due to her selfish interests.
He however called on Nigerians not to fall asleep, saying they need to look at the unifying factors and forge ahead as a people, not minding the wishes of the outside forces.
He also said Nigerians need reconciliation and radical reforms in all the public and private organizations.
Professor Isa condemned and shed lights on what he described as the barbaric massacre of Shia followers of Zakzaky by the Nigerian army as well as the way some elements have been using terrorists to achieve their own interests.
In his submission, Awosanya said, for real development to take place in Nigeria, oppression and violation of Human Rights in various segments of the Nigerian institutions must stop and government must begin to listen and work genuinely for the citizens. He presented a paper titled “Understanding the Nigeria’s politics of Manipulationship”
While the Hausa community leader expressed appreciation for the conference and called for the release of victims of illegal detention, Prince Adelaja Adeoye called on President Muhammadu Buhari to release Sheikh Zakzaky, his wife and other citizens under detention.
The National convener of the Nigerian Wailers also said that he would never stop criticising the current government until it releases all political prisoners.
Concerned Nigerians should not vote for Buhari and his party, APC, because they have no clear agenda on how to move the country forward other than massive looting, bloodletting, insecurity and clamp down on citizens,” Prince Adeoye added.
The event featured a question and answer session which saw Comrade Shuaib Ahmad Isa shed light on the responsibility that shoulders on the people towards eradicating tyranny and establishing accountability in governance.
He briefly talked about the killings in Benue, Zamfara, Taraba and other parts of the country by herdsmen, Boko Haram and other insurgents.
Shuaib expressed grief over the alleged killing of a Shiite cleric, Malam Kasim Umar Sokoto of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, maintaining that the Nigerian constitution allows for free association.