Mothers United and Mobilized (MUM) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently constitute a transparent panel of inquiry into the shooting of #EndSARS protesters in Lekki and other parts of Nigeria.
MUM is a group of Nigerian mothers from all walks of life, ethnic and religious groups, based in Nigeria and in the Diaspora.
“We watched and saw military men, trained for war and armed for battle using the Federal might of live bullets against unarmed protesters, our own children, your own children at Lekki gate on the 20th of October 2020.
“Who ordered the shootings? Who carried it out and how are they being held accountable?”, MUM demanded in a statement issued on Friday by Convener Boluwaji Onabolu; and Co-convener, Sonye Allanah.
The mothers’ group also asked for “compensation to each of the families of those killed by SARS/police and footing of medical bills of those injured;
“Release of all those youths who have been detained for protesting peacefully and put a stop to the hunting that we have heard is going on for others;
“Create the safe space necessary for the youth to sit at a discussion table with you with no fear of reprisal.”
They further lamented that “20.10.20 is a date embedded in our hearts forever and never again will we watch as those we entrusted our children to for protection, try to stop their voices with bullets.
“As mothers united and mobilized we amplify the voices of our youth and our future and refuse that their message is hijacked or lost in the distraction of ethnic divisions, fear, terror and the smoke of the blazing guns.”