by Segun Odeleye
No-nonsense activist and young influencer, Azeenarh Mohammed and a bunch of other concerned young people are refusing to let the deaths of job seekers across the country two weeks ago simply fade away with no one made to pay for the fraud and large scale incompetence which characterised the Immigration Service recruitment exercise.
The minister of interior, Abba Moro, continues to strut around as minister despite the deaths of at least 20 Nigerians that fateful day but the youths who embarked on a protest at the Ministry of Interior on Tuesday, demanded his resignation and prosecution over the event of March 15.
The protesters, numbering over 30 and shouting “murderers, murderers,” were led by Miss Mohammed.
However, while they were protesting, another group of protesters led by a former president of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Etuk Bassey-Williams. The Williams-led group engaged the anti-Moro group in a shouting match and also castigated journalists who were present.
The pro-Moro group led by Mr. Etuk Bassey-William questioned the sincerity of the protesters and journalists interviewing them, saying the way the protest was being done was an act of rascality. Bassey accused the protesters of being sponsored, while appealing that the minister should be given a fair hearing.
The anti-Moro protest which was supposed to be very brief, turned chaotic when the men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) tried to stop the protest.
Mohammed however succeeded in splashing red paint, which according to her, symbolises the blood of the innocent Nigerians that lost their lives, in front of the ministry’s building. The protesters resisted the efforts of the security men to disperse them, and insisted on making some impression by writing “murderers” at the ministry’s entrance.
The NSCDC officials however said that the protesters were defacing public infrastructure, so they manhandled the protesters and some journalists whose cameras and phones were either seized or destroyed.
Mohammed said she was not being sponsored by anyone but was just a concerned youth. She advised Moro to do the right thing and resign or be sacked by Pres. Jonathan.