Humanist Association for Peace and Social Tolerance Advancement, a humanistic world,
peace and tolerance promotion organisation in Nigeria condemns, in strong terms, the recent killing of the nine health workers in Kano and Yobe states. The Projects' Director of the organisation, Mr. Ademowo Adeyemi describes the killing
of these innocent people as totally barbaric,outrageous and unacceptable, especially when these people were rendering selfless humanitarian services to the people of the states and the country at large.
The killing of these people is totally unacceptable because they were rendering services to humanity and were working selflessly to provide basic life-saving interventions to the most vulnerable people especially in places where the government could not effectively intervene.
HAPSTA joins other well-meaning Nigerians to offer sincere condolences to the families of the three doctors from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,that were killed in Yobe state and some health workers in Kano state.We are also using this medium to express our concern on the state of security of the nation especially for humanitarians who painstakingly spare their time, left their families and the comfort of their homes to help the less privileged and vulnerable people within the society. The killings are highly unacceptable and pitiable if people cannot be guarantee
safety especially in the northern part of the country where some religious sects are pushing against western beliefs and culture.
These intolerance of seemingly western cultures and religious beliefs among these sects, leading to the incessant killings, have become a source for concern among humanitarians and its high time the government look
into the security of lives and properties within the area as this ugly phenomenon can not be allowed to keep repeating itself.
Hence,the group opines that “There is a need for the government to strengthen the security of the country not just in favour of the health worker who stake their lives in rendering humanitarian service to vulnerable people but also to all its citizens".
These killings can not be allowed to continue without proper government intervention as this is the only way to encourage the humanitarian services which would go a long way in assisting the effort of the government in achieving it vision 20-20 goals.
Damola: For YHN Media Unit
We do it for science, human rights and meaningful development
It is hard to imagine, but it is true, today, that cases of witch-hunting is still so commonplace in some African and Asian countries despite techno-scientific advancements. It is indeed a reality, a hard pill to swallow, that many children and aged women are still being subjected to humiliating conditions, and even killed sometimes, for being witches. The sanest questions, at this juncture, are: Who are the witches? What evidences do these attackers, nay killers, have and proven before attacking these victims of ignorance? And why accusing only the powerless segments of the society, children and women majorly? Obviously, we should not watch indifferently and allow this dastard act to continue.
Our fundamental goal as a team, the HAPSTA SCRIP Project, is to prevent a recurrence of happenings in the dark ages when many are tried and summarily executed at stakes for witchcraft allegations, in the contemporary period. We have therefore decided to be the VOICE of these VOICELESS children and aged, as well as their MEGAPHONE to other concerned global citizens.
The three cardinal focus of this project are:
P- Prosecution (of erring religious leaders and parents) for deterrence E- Enlightenment to wean the public from the con religious leaders feeding fat on their ignorance R- Reunification of the stigmatized with their families for future's sake
The HAPSTA SCRIP Project is supported locally by humanists and human rights individuals and groups, and internationally by the Human Etisk Forbund, Oslo section, HEF, Central and the HAMU, all in Norway; and most recently by the African Unite Against Child Abuse, AFRUCA, UK .