Mahama condemns high-handedness of security forces against protestors in Nigeria

Former President John Dramani Mahama has condemned the military brutalities that occurred in Nigeria a few days ago.

Former President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana addresses the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., September 21, 2016.

He said the military had no business shooting into a crowd of unarmed protestors at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos.

The incident has attracted a worldwide condemnation including that of Ghana's President and Chairman of ECOWAS, Nana Akufo-Addo.

Speaking exclusively on TV3, the NDC flagbearer said the incident is regrettable and the Nigerian government has to take steps to curb the situation.

“What happened in Nigeria is regrettable. I don’t believe the security services should be so high handed against unarmed demonstrators. ECOWAS is responsible for peace and security in the sub-region.

“When you are ECOWAS chair you take an interest in what’s happening in other West African countries.”

He added: “Ghana should have particular interest in the issues of Nigeria. Nigeria is a country of strategic security interest to Ghana. If anything happens it affects Ghana. We are the closest English speaking neighbours to Nigeria. Also in terms of trade; the biggest trade in West Africa is between Ghana and Nigeria.”

He further stated that the youthful nature of Africa’s current generation poses an issue of dire concern.

“We have a youth bulge. Our population is very young. It’s an advantage in terms of young strong labour. The young people are seeing that their opportunities are dwindling.”

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