NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING 2019
The National Day of Mourning and Remembrance is a day set aside to honour the victims of violent killings across the country. It is a citizens-led initiative to express solidarity, and demand accountability for the security and welfare of all Nigerians. The resolve for a National Day of Mourning was consequent to the resolutions reached at a meeting of more than a hundred civil society actors a year ago in Abuja, to undertake a National Day of Mourning as a symbolic action capable of registering citizens’ dissatisfaction with the state of our national security.
As part of the activities to commemorate the event, Civil Society Organizations in Enugu led by South Saharan Social Development Organisation (SSDO), in partnership with Office of the Citizen Enugu State, Carmelite Prisoners Interest Organisation (CAPIO) and Divine Era Development and Social Rights Initiative (DEDASRI) carried out a silent peaceful procession in the state. The march which took place on Tuesday 28th May 2019, kicked off at the Enugu Mall which is at the heart of the state. The procession went through Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) Enugu and Enugu State Broadcasting Service (ESBS).
The team called on the government to put an end to the various killings in the country. Speaking at the Press briefing which took place at Enugu State Broadcasting Service, the Executive Director, SSDO Mrs. Nkechi Igwe cried out that the nation is in mourning as a result of the killings in the country. She called on the incoming government to make the country a safe place for all and that the first point agenda of the incoming government should be security.
In his remarks, the Executive Director of the CAPIO, Rev Fr. Ambrose Ekeroku, also decried the spate of incessant killings in the nation and called for immediate action of the government to forestall it.