Commonwealth Secretariat statement on Nigeria
The Commonwealth Secretary-General is in close communication with the Nigerian Government and is following with deep concern the alarming reports of attacks on demonstrators in Lagos and other parts of Nigeria.
Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland called for an end to all violence and restoration of peace in Nigeria.
“The Commonwealth reprobates the escalation of violence resulting in deaths in Lekki district in Lagos and other parts of Nigeria.
The right to peaceful demonstrations and freedom of assembly are
constitutionally protected rights and should be respected by all at all times.
They must hold the perpetrators of these cowardly acts accountable under the law.
“We note that they have ordered an investigation into these egregious human rights violations.
Any investigation should be prompt and impartial, and the findings made public.
We encourage a lasting solution that places the interests of all Nigerians above all other considerations.
“I extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved families and all those who have suffered during this hard time.
We stand ready to offer any help towards a prompt and peaceful resolution.
The whole Commonwealth family stands in solidarity with the people of Nigeria.”