Residents of Niger on Tuesday joined other Nigerians to commemorate the second National Day of Mourning (NDOM) and remembrance for victims of violent killings across the country.
NDOM, a nationwide event organized by Enough is Enough, a civil society organisation, was marked by a procession around Minna, the state capital.
NAN reports that a minute of silence was also observed in honour of those killed.
Speaking to newsmen, Convener of Niger Accountability Group, Mr Matthew Oladele, said NDOM was to express solidarity with grieving communities across the country.
Oladele added that the event was also to stir the conscience of the political class to protect our commonwealth through accountable governance.
He tasked the state governor on doing more to ensure safety of lives and property in his domain.
“We acknowledged the distribution of vehicles, motorcycles, and other security gadgets to our security agencies in fighting violence.
“However, we are bordered by 6 states alongside other international borders, which shows that in terms of security, Niger State needs special attention.
“Also, at the opening of National Trade Fair hosted by Niger State couple of weeks back, the Niger State President Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture Dr Abdulkadir Hassan, expressed concern over the insecurity in the state, noting that fear of kidnappers is preventing investors from coming to the state.
“In view of the above, we call on the Niger state Government to scale up the security apparatus at flash points across the state, especially its border towns to forestall influx of hoodlums into the state.
“The state government should engage security agencies, Civil Society Organisations and media to sensitise the community members on community policing and roles of community members in building peaceful society.”
He also called on the State Police Command to always engage CSOs and NGOs in the state to boost their community engagement and interventions.
Also speaking, the state Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Mr Abdu Idris, said issues of security should not be left to security agencies alone as it was everyone’s business.
Idris maintained that the NUJ was proud to associate itself with the day.
NDOM is a citizens-led initiative to express solidarity, and demand accountability for the security and welfare of all Nigerians.