An Irish Politician, Mike Barry TD has condemned the arrest of Revolution Now protesters by Nigerian security agencies and urged the government to ensure the release of the youths who are clamouring for better governance from the Buhari administration.
In a letter to the Nigerian Ambassador in Ireland, Mike Barry who is also a member of the Irish socialist party condemned the oppression of young people who are demanding for better governance and economic leadership saying it was indeed a sad occurrence for democracy to act in such manner
The Irish Politician expressed dismay at the scenes coming out of Nigeria as security agents clamped down heavily on Revolution Now protesters.
Youths across the country who came out demanding for good governance from President Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) where harrased, assaulted and arrested by security agents in Abuja, Osun and Lagos.
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Revolution Now protesters in Lagos where attacked with tear gas by police while going students were abducted by men of the DSS on camera in Osun State.
While the protesters in Abuja were released, youths in Lagos and Osun remained in DSS custody and are yet to be charged to court for any offence.
Mike Barry demanded for the release of the young Protesters by the Nigerian government.
The letter from the Irish Politician condemning the attacks against Revolution Now protesters across the country read;
“Dear Ambassador, further to my phone call earlier today with Victor Adeleke,.the Deputy Head of Mission at the Nigerian Embassy, I wish to convey to you in writing my protest at the arrest of peaceful protestors in Osogbo, Abuja and Lagos.
“I have received disturbing reports (including video footage) from Nigeria of the arrest and brutal attack on peaceful protestors on 5 August by members of the Department of State Services.
I am aware that Dunnex Samuel, a member of the Movement for a Socialist Alternative and student leader at the Obafemi Awolowo University, along with Mandate, Oguntola Sunday and other protesters were whisked away to an unknown location by the DSS in Osogbo.
I have also received reports of similar arrests and brutal attacks on peaceful protestors occurring in Abuja and Lagos, at the hands of the police, and that protestors are now being held in Area F police station in Lagos.
“It is completely unacceptable that young people protesting against state repression and the dire economic conditions that currently prevail in Nigeria should be oppressed in this brutal way.
I demand the immediate and unconditional release of Dunnex Samuel and all of the other protestors and intend to make a public statement on this issue to bring this serious matter to the attention of the Irish public and the Nigerian Diaspora.”