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Luther King’s Daughter, US Lawmaker, Others Ask Buhari To Release Jailed Protesters, Journalists

A file photograph of President Muhammadu Buhari addressing the nation on April 28, 2020,

 

Global activists and celebrities have known as on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the discharge of all #EndSARS protesters, in addition to activists and journalists jailed in numerous elements of the nation.

They made the decision in an open letter dated December 10, 2020, and addressed to the President – a duplicate of which was sighted by Channels Television on Thursday.

The 60 activists and celebrities, below the auspices of Diaspora Rising, requested President Buhari to make sure the reinstatement of the worldwide passports, financial institution accounts, and different objects seized from the jailed individuals.

They demanded that the army, safety, and intelligence officers discovered culpable within the incident on the Lekki toll plaza, both giving the order or finishing up the capturing, have to be made to face the results of their actions.

Signatories to the letter included Reverend Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr; US activist Opal Tometi; in addition to actors Danny Glover and Kerry Washington.

Swedish teenage eco-warrior Greta Thunberg, singer Alicia Keys, civil rights campaigner Angela Davis, US congresswoman Ilhan Omar, and Nigerian-American rapper Jidenna, amongst others, additionally signed the letter.

According to them, the President ought to enable a clear investigation by human rights displays into the actions that led to the capturing on the Lekki tollgate and make sure the findings are printed by media outfits accredited nationally and internationally.

The signatories additionally known as on the President to help peaceable demonstrations in any a part of the nation to permit residents train their constitutional proper to protest.

“As people who have supported the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States and throughout the diaspora, we cannot be silent when similar atrocities take place in African countries.

“We demand respect for the Nigerian people, especially as they engage in their constitutional right to protest grave injustices,” a part of the letter learn.

It added, ”As President of the world’s most populous Black republic, you assume a management position on the worldwide stage. Nigeria issues.

“We expect nothing short of care for your people and concern for the reputation of your country. As Nigeria is a major powerhouse for the continent of Africa, you must know, President Buhari, that your response has exponential implications for the continent and the African diaspora.”

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