The Nigerian government has condemned in strong terms the killing of an African American man, George Floyld by a Minneapolis Police officer who suffocated him to death by placing his knee on his neck for more than nine minutes as he told them “I can’t breathe”.
The government kicked against killing, police brutality, and racial discrimination against blacks and Africans in the diaspora.
The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) and the National Council for Arts and Culture have now joined voices in condemning his senseless killing by overzealous police officers.
In a memorial service held in his honor (Floyld) on Wednesday in Abuja, the duo of NiDCOM Chairman, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, and the Director-General, NCAC, Olusegun Runsewe, called for justice and other blacks against racial discrimination and police brutality.
“This gathering is against violence, brutality and racial discrimination. We call for respect and dignity for all races. Never again should we be made to witness what we saw on the streets of Minneapolis, the slow murder of an individual by a uniformed police officer,” Mrs Dabiri-Erewa said.
On his part, Mr. Runsewe said African culture has great respect for the sanctity of human life and detests violence. He said;
“We are joining the Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission to ask for justice for Late George Floyd and to propagate the message of peace all over the world.
“We believe that all men are created equal and have inalienable rights among which are rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.”