Sunday, January 16, 2022

Angelique Kidjo, Jidenna, Alicia Keys, other global personalities tackle Buhari over rights violations

Demands include a return of confiscated international passports and government-issued identity cards and the reinstatement of bank accounts.

• December 11, 2020
Dear President Buhari, Nigerians deserve better
Dear President Buhari, Nigerians deserve better

Foreign activists and celebrities have asked President Miuhammadu Buhari to lift the ban on peaceful demonstrations and hold security officers responsible for the killing of unarmed protesters during the #EndSARS campaign in October.

The celebrities and activists in an open letter sponsored in the New York Times on December 10 said they expect nothing short from the Nigerian leader than to care for the lives of Nigerians and the reputation of the country.

The letter, signed by Angelique Kidjo, Alicia Keys, Jidenna, Kerry Washington, Greta Thunberg, among others, demanded transparent and independent monitoring of the judicial process into the killing of unarmed protesters at Lekki Toll Gate on October 20.

Other demands include an immediate return of confiscated international passports and government-issued identity cards and the reinstatement of bank accounts of protesters.

“President Buhari you must follow the lead of your people. We urge you to heed the call not only for the rights enshrined in the United Nations International Declaration of Human Rights but also those rights enshrined in the very Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the publication added.

Nigerian states have started hearing matters of police brutality, during which citizens have recounted their ordeal under decades of police oppression. On Monday, protesters in Lagos and Abuja returned to the streets to push for a second wave of the #EndSARS agitation, but they were met with deadly force by security agents.

On Thursday, protesters took to the streets in Rivers, an oil rich state in the Delta region, to protest the fatal shooting of a commercial tricycle driver by a police officer. The police said the officer responsible for the shooting was summarily dismissed from service and taken into custody for prosecution.

More from Peoples Gazette



Wike demands immediate redeployment of policemen operating illegal refineries

The governor promised to give council chairmen N2 million for each illegal refinery that they expose within their area of administration.

Simon Lalong


Lalong to empower residents by turning Plateau lands to capital: Commissioner

The commissioner said the state was pushing for residents to acquire titles for their lands so as to prevent abuse.

Super Eagles


AFCON: Super Eagles celebrate Sudan victory, promise more wins ahead

The Super Eagles will take on Guinea Bissau next in their final group game on Wednesday.


Banditry: Katsina reopens cattle markets, fuel stations

The cattle markets were earlier closed as part of measures to tackle cattle rustling and banditry in the state.

NEF Chair Ango Abdullahi, Muhammadu Buhari and NEF Spokesperson Hakeem Baba-Ahmed


2023: NEF clamours for northern president, says he must be better than Buhari

“If you must be a Northerner who’s better than all the candidates; for us, that’s the bottom line.”

Mo Salah


AFCON: Salah scores as Egypt pip Guinea-Bissau

With Saturday’s win, Egypt now has 3 points in two games, ranking second behind Nigeria’s 6 points in two games.