By Chidinma Chukwu, Abuja.
Following the killings of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll gate in Lagos State on Tuesday evening, the Minister for women affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen has appealed to Nigerian youths to keep calm and allow government address the issues.
In a statement she personally signed, the Minister said she is pained as a mothers of how criminals with evil intent seized the opportunity kill innocent Nigeria.
The statement read in part “As a Mother am heartbroken and weep bitterly at the way innocent and young souls whose dream is to bring about justice in our land are sent to an early grave.
“I want to appeal to our teeming youth men and women, to please sheathe their swords and give Government time to address the issues.
“When things are not right, the citizens take to the streets. When the Citizens take to the Streets, the Government is bound to listen. This Government has listened and has heard your voices.
“My appeal is for calm to give room for further consultations, so that together we can address the impasse.
“Mothers of the Nation, cradle nurturers, life givers, pain soothers, this period calls for calm, caution and prayers.
“Let us jointly arise to pray for our children and our great country Nigeria. As women, let us call our children off the streets as the situation is no longer safe.
“The pain and tears of a mother no one knows nor feels the gravity, but only a Mother who has given life to that child.
“To our youth, thank you for your statements; spoken and unspoken; written and unwritten.
“This is a rebirth of a new order in Nigeria with the youth at the front burner of affairs, but my appeal is for restraint to enable us take appropriate decisions that could be used collectively or selectively in resolving the issues raised”.