A civil society group, Project Victory Call Initiative, also known as PVC Naija has announced plans to organise a peaceful procession in Lagos on Valentine’s Day to express displeasure over the violent attacks and killings of innocent citizens of different communities in Plateau, Benue and Kaduna States in recent times.
Plateau, Benue and Kaduna among other states, have witnessed upsurge of violent attacks and kidnapping by members of criminal gangs leading to killings of hundreds of people in recent times.
A statement signed by the PVC Naija spokesperson, Regina Chris-Ogbodo, said the group’s aim of organising the procession is for Nigerians to collectively express displeasure against the ongoing mass killings in the three states.
“We are organizing a significant procession titled ‘One Love Nigeria!’ on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, 2024, aimed at voicing the collective discontent and displeasure of Lagosians, and Nigerians as a whole, against the ongoing mass killings in Plateau, Benue, Kaduna, and other states across our federation,” Chris-Ogbodo said.
Chris-Ogbodo, who explained that the exercise is a call for solidarity, urged all Lagosians and fellow citizens to stand in unity for life, justice, and peace.
According to the statement, the event will take off from the Fire Service Station at the back of ShopRite Plaza, Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja, Lagos by 8am.
While disclosing that not less than 100,000 participants are expected at the event, the group said the dress Code will be Black on Black with a touch of red.
“We will be providing branded placards with messages advocating for humanity, justice, and peace, including and not limited to the following:
– In love for humanity;
– I stand up for life!
– No life! No tribe!!
– No life! No religion!!
– No life! No Nation!!
– Save our Nation!
-Show your love!! Stand for Life!!!
– Justice for Jos! Peace on the Plateau!!
Prosperity for Nigeria!”
The group extended an invitation to media for a wide coverage of the event, adding that media intervention is crucial to its goal of spreading a message of love, peace, and justice during this Valentine’s Day in line with the overaching goal of “showcasing the unity and solidarity of our people in the face of adversity.”
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