Various activities have been planned to mark the first National Day of Mourning and Remembrance across the country to mourn the victims of violent killings across Nigeria.
Activities earmarked for the day include collective mourning at Unity Fountains Abuja and some selected locations across the states, organizing humanitarian convoys to select places to impact victims in internally displaced persons camps and solemn rallies in places. The hallmark of the day is a minute silent meditation at 12 noon Nigerian time, in honour of the victims of violent killings in Nigeria.
It will be recalled that violent killings have escalated in the past few years including those perpetrated by the government and its security apparatuses.
In December 2015, the Nigerian army carried out the most heinous killings to date, leaving in its wake over a thousand citizens violently killed over just a matter of a few hours, including women and children. By its own admission, at least 347 were subsequently buried secretly in mass grave by the Nigerian Army and Kaduna state officials collaborating. This pattern had continued across the states without any sign of remorse or indication that there will be justice anytime soon.
Similarly, the spates of violent killings in other places has also escalated since the advent of this Buhari government, with groups such as Herdsmen thriving unchecked.