The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) Lagos State Chapter has frowned at the shooting of unarmed protesters in Lekki toll gate describing the incidents as shocking and unacceptable.
This submission was made in a statement signed by the Chairperson, Comrade Adeola Ekine and Secretary, Comrade Lilian Ario.
The group noted that, “it has been a disheartening moments to us as women and mothers since this unimaginable crisis that have enveloped our state and the nation as a whole in this past few days.
“We are also saddened by the destruction of some of the media houses where our Colleagues work and earn their daily living. Even though their properties within their office premises were not spared, we thank God that none of our members lost their lives.”
The group therefore added that “as female journalists in Lagos state, women, mothers and grandmothers, it is painful to watch our children and leaders of tomorrow being tormented and expected to shut their mouth in a country that promises freedom of speech and expression.
“As an Association, we do not support disobedience of the law. Yet, we demand that the citizens should be heard.
“We therefore use this medium to plead with our Government to take into consideration the subject matters of this protest and also to ensure our safety in our country Nigeria.
The association urged Lagosians to abide by the law and adhere to the curfew that has been put in place, adding that the hoodlums who are constituting violence should shield their sword.