Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis, has called for prayers for Nigeria over the violence and looting that have rocked the country.
Hoodlums in different parts of Nigeria have been attacking and looting public and private properties as fallout of the #EndSARS protests.
On Saturday, in Calabar, Cross Rivers State, South-South Nigeria, serving and past senators had their home vandalised and looted by hoodlums.
A similar situation occurred in Oyo State, South-West Nigeria, where hoodlums invaded the home of a senator from the state on Saturday.
“Let us pray to the Lord for Nigeria, so that every form of violence might always be avoided, in the constant search of social harmony through the promotion of justice and the common good,” the Pope tweeted on Sunday via his official Twitter handle @Pontifex.
Other global figures and organisations, including the International Criminal Court (ICC), have spoken about the violence, particularly the recent shooting at #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate, Lagos, by soldiers.
“My office has been closely following the events around the current protests in Nigeria and the reaction of Nigeria’s law enforcement and security agencies,” the ICC prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, said in a statement posted on Twitter on Thursday by the ICC (@IntlCrimCourt).
“Any loss of life or injury is concerning. We have received information alleging crimes and are keeping a close eye on developments, in case violence escalates and any indications arise on that Rome Statute crimes may have been committed,” she added, while calling for restraint.
President Muhammadu Buhari spoke to the nation on Thursday about the violence but failed to address key issues, including the Lekki toll gate shooting.
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