Prominent rights activists and lawyers, Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), and Femi Falana (SAN) will on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 address a one-day global action rally aimed at attracting the attention of the international community to the anti-democratic forces that have hijacked Rivers State and other excesses of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
Other prominent personalities drawn from various Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) expected to address the rally which will hold in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, include, Emma Ezeazu of Alliance for Democracy (AD); Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, Chairman, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Festus Okoye of the Human Rights Monitor, Kaduna; Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin of the Campaign for Democracy (CD); and Innocent Chukwuma of CLEEN Foundation, among others.
Disclosing this to newsmen in Port Harcourt on Thursday, chairman of the Niger Delta Civil Society Coalition (NDCSC), Mr. Anyakwee Nsirimovu, said the peaceful rally will also draw the attention of the authorities on the need to redeploy Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu as the commissioner of Police in the state.
“We will embark on a One Day of Global Action in defence of democracy in Rivers state. It is a day of action against impunity and tolerance of the same by a political party that has been unable to organize itself and govern most responsibly in the last 14 years of the transition. It is a day of action for a wake-up call for all Rivers citizens to wake up to their responsibilities of taking their rights and freedoms seriously, by raising their voices for peace, respect for democratic principles of dialogue, persuasion, rather than gangsterism as acceptable means,” Nsirimovu said.
“It is a day of action against politically instigated violence against the people. It is a day of action against a Political Police Commissioner who must leave, so that the state may be secured. It is a Civil Society Super Tuesday of action for the deepening of democracy in Rivers state, Niger Delta region and Nigeria.”
He stated that the coalition’s decision to stage a peaceful rally was hinged on the need to serve a notice of warning to all enemies of democracy and human freedom in the country, which he maintained the human rights community would not sit back and allow to be sacrificed on the altar of inordinate ambition of politicians.