Following the recent killings of innocent and unarmed protesters in Lagos and other parts of the country by armed soldiers of the Buhari’s All Progressives’ Congress (APC) administration in Nigeria, the US-based organization of Nigerians living abroad, PDP Diaspora Initiative, has issued a solemn condemnation of Buhari and his administration for killing innocent Nigerians and violating their rights.
The organization made its position known to newsmen in an October 21 press statement released through its National Publicity Secretary Chidi Igwe.
According to the statement, it is obvious that Nigerians from all sections of the country have lost confidence in President Buhari and his administration and the Nigerian youth want a change in direction for a better future.
“Imagine what is going on in our country right now! Buhari’s administration sent his armed soldiers and police to intimidate peaceful protesters and suppress their voices,” exclaims PDP Diaspora Initiative Founder and National Chair Honourable Victoria Pamugo.
“When they realized the brave Nigerian youth are not buying the nonsense Buhari’s government is trying to sell and that Buhari has failed in his attempts to keep the Nigerian youth quiet, the government resorted to violence and took up arms against innocent and unarmed citizens who are protesting against police brutality, injustice, corruption and mismanagement of the country by their president and his cronies. Buhari’s armed soldiers opened fire on peaceful protesters, killing many innocent people and causing many more injuries,” Honourable Pamugo lamented.
“The youth they are killing are our children, brothers, sisters, cousins, uncles, etc. What sin did they commit?” she asked.
“They have not done anything wrong!” she noted.
“They are just expressing their constitutional right of peaceful protest and assembly. They did not do anything wrong. They were not burning buildings. They were not destroying any lives nor property, “Honourable Pamugo lamented.
“Yet, Buhari and his people decided to provoke violence and shoot at the youth in order to kill Nigerians who are protesting against his administration’s incompetence, corruption, wickedness against the people, and mismanagement. This is very sad and PDP Diaspora Initiative condemns Buhari’s wicked administration and the killing of innocent, peaceful protesters,” Honourable Pamugo decried.
Honourable Pamugo also noted that the youth are angry because their government has disappointed them.
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“The Nigerian government is not doing what it is supposed to be doing for the people. All that the fat-cat APC senators and law-makers care about is to gather in Abuja and loot national treasury,” she said.
“They should be ashamed of themselves for killing the Nigerian youth when they have sent their own children to other countries for better education and stronger economies.”
“Everyday, we see the police and other agencies of this wicked administration harassing Nigerians, brutalizing our citizens, collecting bribe, beating and injuring our people. This must stop!” she emphasized.
“While they do that, Nigerians are suffering because of lack of jobs, lack of hope, lack of good roads, lack of a good educational opportunities, lack of a health care system, etc. That is why the youth are angry!”
“Enough is enough!”
“Buhari and APC need to listen to the youth. It is a pity that they decided to send his armed soldiers to kill the youth instead of listening to their concerns and trying to find ways to make life better for all Nigerians.”
“As Nigerians abroad, it is our responsibility to identify with the youth who are protesting for a better country for all,” she noted.
PDP Diaspora Initiative enjoins Nigerians at home and abroad not to allow themselves to be intimidated by Buhari’s use of force, but rather to stay the course and continue to engage in a peaceful protest because the reward of a peaceful and prosperous future is greater than the challenges of the present time.
The organization also called on the international community to come to Nigeria’s aid.
PDP Diaspora Initiative is a registered non-profit organization based in the United States of America, with members from many countries, including Austria, Canada, Germany, Japan, Kenya, Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States of America.