Brussels, 23 October 2020/OACPS: On behalf of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), the Secretary-General, H.E. Mr. Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti, has been following closely the recent protests in the Federal Republic of Nigeria and strongly condemns the violence that erupted on 20 October, which has led to at least a dozen deaths and multiple injuries. He conveys his deepest condolences to those that have lost loved ones, and wishes the injured a speedy and full recovery.

The Secretary-General fully upholds the position of the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on these protests. He urges all involved parties to refrain from further acts of violence and remarks that could exacerbate the situation.

H.E. Mr. Chikoti recalls that freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are fundamental rights that must be respected, and upholding these entitlements is crucial for advancing democracy, sustainable and inclusive development, and peace. He urges that such rights must be exercised in a peaceful manner, and calls on all to act with the utmost restraint. The Secretary-General supports calls for a constructive dialogue in pursuit of lasting solutions that meet the interests of all parties, in particular those of the people.

The OACPS renews its support to the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in their efforts to maintain peace, security and stability in the country.