By Lanre Adesanya
Commemorating the tenth year posthumous anniversary of Dr. Bekololari Ransome Kuti yesterday, Beko Rights Klub,a group comprised of human right activist, staged a peaceful protest to Lagos State House of Assembly seeking total exoneration and reinstatement of his son,Brigadier Enitan Ransome Kuti and his colleagues back into the Nigerian Army.
Comrade Debo Adeniran, BRK convener stated the essence of the protest, that the group would like to communicate to the National Assembly through the state house of Assembly, the need to review further the weight of the alleged mutiny, as clear indices now points to the veracity of the victimized soldiers claim of lack of ammunition to prosecute the war against insurgent Boko Haram.
BRK maintained that, “we want the Nigerian Government to grant Brigadier Enitan Ransome Kuti, son of Dr. Bekololari Ransome kuti National Pardon with regards to the case of mutiny against them following the decision of the Military Court in January 2015 after the Baga massacre carried out by Boko Haram insurgents”.
“Today commemorates a decade when Dr. Bekololari Ransome kuti passed away as a crusader for democracy and we are strongly convinced that the revelations reeled out from the arms procurement scandal and the DasukiGate confirm their innocence and patriotism; we believe with this expositions that the actions of Brig. Gen. Enitan and others are justifiable, reasonable and dialectical” He explained.
He further stated that, “we want unconditional release of BEKO’s son and his colleagues because they were punished for fighting to make others live, we also appeal to the necessary authority to pardon, release and absorb them back into the Nigerian Army. Also, we want this Assembly to submit our petition to the Senate President and the Speaker of House of Representative for necessary actions”.
In prompt reaction to the plight of protesters, an activist cum former student union leader now Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade who represented the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa assured the protesters that justice will be done and the course they came for is humanitarian because they are here to seek justice.
“A copy of your petition will be delivered to the Hon. Speaker for necessary actions and we will resolve the matter and make everything peaceful because we are here to serve members of the public’. He assured them.
The group later presented the same petition at the executive Governor’s office for onward transmission to Mr. President.