Democratic Socialist Movement

For Struggle, Solidarity and Socialism in Nigeria

By - DSM

SPN condemns the shooting of Sowore, attack on Abuja protesters and demands immediate arrest and prosecution of ACP Hyelhira Altine Daniel

We reiterate a call on NLC and TUC to declare a 24-hour strike on insecurity and socio-economic crisis

The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) strongly condemns the attack on protesters in Abuja on Monday 31st May 2021 by members of the Nigeria Police Force, led by one notorious ACP Hyelhira Daniel. This protest, which was called by The People’s Alternative Political Movement (TPAP-M) against the alarming state of insecurity in the country, was visited with violence by members of the Nigeria Police Force.

The violence was so brutal that Omoyele Sowore, activist and former presidential candidate in the last general elections, was shot and teargas was used to disperse protesters.

This shows that Buhari- led failed regime is prepared to continue to clamp down on the democratic rights of Nigerians to peaceful assembly. Again while the huge number of security forces the regime often deployed to repress harmless and peaceful protests is a reflection of the intolerance of the Buhari pro-capitalist government, it also underscores its complete bankruptcy and failure.

We hold that such a huge number of security forces could have been better deployed to address the spate of insecurity ravaging the country vis and vis banditry kidnapping, terrorism etc.

It is in the light of this, the SPN condemns the deployment of armed police to repress Abuja protest against insecurity and poverty and demands immediate arrest and prosecution of ACP Hyelhira Altine Daniel and other officers involved in the barbaric act of shooting Omoyele Sowore and using violence to disperse protesters who were only exercising their democratic rights.

Again SPN reiterates its call on the Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC) and Trade Union Congress(TUC) to declare a 24-hour strike and mass protest on insecurity and socio-economic crises. We equally argue that only a socialist transformation of the Nigeria state, arising as a product of the victorious struggle of the working masses of Nigeria to overthrow capitalism, that can change the situation positively for millions of Nigerian masses who are being shortchanged by the capitalist ruling class.

This is because so far, the Buhari/APC and the entire capitalist ruling class have more than ever demonstrated their inability and incapacity to positively change the situation for Nigerians as mass suffering amidst a huge human and material resources continues.

Abiodun Bamigboye                                                                    Chinedu Bosah

Acting National Chairperson                                                      National Secretary

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