The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Tuesday commiserated with the family of Mr. Precious Owolabi, a National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, member with Channels Television who was killed in a clash between Shi’ites and police.
In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja, the party said it was saddened by the death of Owolabi, DCP Usman Umar and other Nigerians during the clash.
Owolabi, 23 years, was hit in the stomach by a stray bullet while covering Monday’s clash between police and Shiite protesters in Abuja.
Ologbondiyan condemned the continuous killing of Nigerians in avoidable clashes in various parts of the country, particularly the preventable skirmishes between the police and the Monday protesters.
The statement said: “Indeed, our hearts reach out to his family at this moment of grief.
“The killing of Owolabi, as well as the avoidable deaths of other compatriots, including a Deputy Commissioner of Police, is indeed another sad commentary on the irreplaceable losses and anguish of families in Nigeria.
“Certainly, no nation can thrive under an atmosphere of persistent violence, bloodletting and siege mentality on the citizenry.
The PDP spokesman called on the National Assembly to immediately take legislative steps to clarify how Monday’s protest led to the death of yet to be ascertained number of Nigerians.
It equally advised President Muhammadu Buhari to take immediate steps to put to an end the violence bedeviling in the country as well ensure a stable, united, equitable and secured Nigeria.
Ologbondiyan also call for an end to all anti-people tendencies and all acts that promote impunity and lawlessness in Nigeria.