AU, ECOWAS condemns violence in Nigeria


The African Union Commission has ‘strongly condemned’ the deadly violence in Nigeria, calling on all parties to embrace dialogue.

This was contained in a statement released by the office of the Chairman of the commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, on Thursday.

Moussa Faki Mahamat “strongly condemns the violence that erupted on 20 October 2020 during protests in Lagos, Nigeria that has resulted in multiple deaths and injuries.

“The Chairperson appeals to all political and social actors to reject the use of violence and respect human rights and the rule of law,” the statement said.

On its part, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has also called for dialogue between the Federal Government and #EndSARS protesters for an early and amicable resolution of the social unrest.

The Directorate of Communications in the ECOWAS Commission disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

“While ECOWAS Commission recognises the right of citizens to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and protests, it also wishes to stress that those rights should be exercised in a non-violent manner.

“In this regard, ECOWAS Commission calls on all protesters to remain peaceful in the conduct of their demonstrations. It also urges the Nigerian security operatives to exercise restraint in the handling of the protests and act professionally.

“ECOWAS Commission further notes that, in an effort to address the demands of the protesting youths, the Federal Government of Nigeria took important decisions regarding disbandment of SARS, comprehensive police reforms and investigation of cases of police brutality,” the statement read.

It also encouraged the Nigerian authorities to conduct the investigation rapidly.

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